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Q fever outbreak at a cosmetics supply factory.

Amanda J Wade, Allen C Cheng, Eugene Athan, Jo L Molloy, Owen C Harris, John Stenos, Andrew J Hughes
Department of Infectious Diseases, Geelong Hospital, Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.


Q fever is a zoonotic disease that is most commonly associated with outbreaks in slaughterhouses. We describe an outbreak of 4 cases occurring in a factory that processes ovine fetal products for the cosmetics industry. It is important that industries typically not associated with risk of Q fever are made aware of potential health risks that workers might be exposed to so further outbreaks might be prevented.


  • Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • Published: 01/04/2006
  • Volume: 42
  • Issue: 7
  • Pagination: e50-e52