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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 266-270

Q-fever in a refugee after exposure to a central New York State livestock farm

1 University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA
2 Monroe County Department of Public Health, Rochester; New York State Department of Health, Buffalo, New York, USA
3 Monroe County Department of Public Health, Rochester; Orleans County Health Department, Albion, New York, USA
4 Monroe County Department of Public Health, Rochester; New Haven Health Department, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Correspondence Address:
Brenden A Bedard
Department of Orleans County Health, 14012 Route 31 West, Albion, New York -14411
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.184783

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Q-fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii that can create an acute or chronic form of the illness. In March 2014, Q-fever was identified by serology and Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), in a 62 year-old male that was a Nepalese refugee. The male visited a livestock farm with a slaughterhouse in rural Central New York State, twenty-two days prior to onset of symptoms. He had direct handling of goats on this farm prior to slaughter. We describe the case presentation of his illness and the public health epidemiological investigation.

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