Q fever: employers are responsible for protecting staff


Q fever can cause a prolonged fever and headaches and some people develop serious symptoms involving the lungs, liver, heart or brain. About 10% people that are seriously ill with Q fever do not return to normal within 12 months.

People who have close contact with farm animals such as farm workers, vets, abattoir staff and livestock agents carry the greatest risk of contracting Q fever.

A recent article in the Weekly Times explains the government response to Q fever and employer’s responsibilities to undertake testing.

We have pulled together some information explaining what Q fever is, how it is spread and the impact the disease can have on both people and animals. The article includes information about prevention and treatment of people, with links to further information on the disease.

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