Journal Article

Sexually Transmitted Q Fever

Adriana Milazzo, Robert Hall, Paul A. Storm, Ray J. Harris, William Winslow and Barrie P. Marmion

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 3, pages 399-402
Published in print August 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Sexually Transmitted Q Fever

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We report the sexual transmission of Coxiella burnetii from a man with occupationally acquired Q fever to his wife. Fifteen days after coitus, his wife also developed serologically proven acute Q fever. C. burnetii DNA sequences were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) performed on semen samples obtained from the husband at 4 and 15 months after the onset of acute Q fever, but PCR results were variable at 23 months, indicating the presence of few organisms.

Journal Article.  2850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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