Protect against bacteria threat
THERE are new calls to immunise against Q fever.
Q fever is a bacteria illness.
The bacteria is transmitted to humans by direct and indirect contact with infected animals, animal products or contaminated material. It is mainly spread from animals to humans via inhalation of infected particles in the air.
The bacteria can infect both wild and domestic animals, and their ticks.
Cattle, sheep and goats are the main sources of human infection, but certain wildlife, feral and domestic animals may also be implicated.
The illness in humans is usually flu-like, however sometimes there is serious and long-lasting consequences.
People at increased risk of contracting Q fever include those in direct contact or in close proximity to infected animals, their products and contaminated material.
It is important that people working with cattle, sheep, goats and their products are immunised as this is the main source of infection.
People working with wildlife should also be immunised against Q fever.
Also people who live, work or visit at-risk environments or areas in close proximity to them.