Journal Article

Q Fever in Members of the United States Armed Forces Returning from Iraq

Charmaine Leung-Shea and Patrick J. Danaher

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 43, issue 8, pages e77-e82
Published in print October 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/507639
Q Fever in Members of the United States Armed Forces Returning from Iraq

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Large numbers of armed forces personnel returning from southwest Asia may present with infections that are not endemic to the United States or that occur rarely and are underdiagnosed in the United States. We report 2 cases of acute Q fever in members of the US Military recently returned from Iraq. Because a number of recent reports suggest that the risk of Q fever may be higher than initially thought among US forces deployed to this region, clinicians need to have a high index of clinical suspicion, an understanding of the available diagnostic tests, and knowledge regarding the methodology and capabilities of the laboratory to which specimens are submitted.

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

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