Sexually transmitted Q fever

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Milazzo, A., Hall, R., Storm, P. A., Harris, R. J., Winslow, W., & Marmion, B. P. (2001). Sexually transmitted Q fever. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 33(3), 399-402.