Coxiella burnetii blood cultures from acute and chronic Q-fever patients.

Q fever, a worldwide zoonosis caused by Coxiella burnetii, may present as either an acute or a chronic disease. We correlated the results of 844 C. burnetii blood cultures with serological, clinical, and therapeutic data. C. burnetii was isolated from 17% of untreated patients with acute Q fever and from 53% of untreated patients with chronic Q fever. C… CONTINUE READING