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Q-fever and Australian farmers: is the health system paying enough attention? A literature review

Morrissey, Hana, Cotton, Jacqueline and Ball, Patrick 2014, Q-fever and Australian farmers: is the health system paying enough attention? A literature review, Australian journal of pharmacy, vol. 95, no. 1130, pp. 64-67.

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Title Q-fever and Australian farmers: is the health system paying enough attention? A literature review
Author(s) Morrissey, Hana
Cotton, JacquelineORCID iD for Cotton, Jacqueline
Ball, Patrick
Journal name Australian journal of pharmacy
Volume number 95
Issue number 1130
Start page 64
End page 67
Publisher Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company
Place of publication Chatswood, N.S.W.
Publication date 2014-07
ISSN 0311-8002
Keyword(s) farmers
Summary Introduction: Q-fever is caused by Coxiella burnetii, a Gram-negative bacterium and Rickettsia-like organism. Transmitted from wild and domestic animals to humans, the most common route is inhalation of contaminated dust; however the oral route can be considered as a second pathway. Aim: to understand the reasons behind not including farming workforce and their families in the national vaccinations program. Discussion: In 1977 Q-fever became a notifiable disease nationally. Australia is the only country to have a registered Q-fever vaccine. As a result of the cost of the vaccine, Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) supply and subsidised program arrangements are based on the active cases count per year (by occupation), rather than for occupations that expose workers to high level of possible "risk". Conclusion: Australian farmers, farm managers, farm workers and their families need to be well educated about Q-fever and included in the national vaccination program.
Language eng
Field of Research 111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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