Q fever is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected animals mostcommonly by sheep, cattle and goats.

The infection is found worldwide, but cases in humans are rare in the UK. Around 50 cases of Q fever are reported in the UK each year.

Most people with Q fever will either have no symptoms, or will only have mild flu-like symptoms that pass within two weeks.

However,the symptoms cansometimes lastseveral months, and occasionally the infection can lead to life-threatening problems if it spreads to other parts of the body, such as the heart.

If you get Q fever while pregnant,your baby may be born early or have a low birthweight,and there is ariskof havinga Miscarriage or stillbirth .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 29 Nov 2016