Increased mortality due to Q-fever complications
18 September 2018
The years 2007 to 2010 saw the largest Q-fever outbreak ever. An estimated 45,000 people were infected, mainly inhabitants of Eastern Brabant.
The disease is transmitted from goats to humans. Until now, little was known about the long-term consequences of this outbreak. Between 1 and 5 percent developed a chronic form of Q-fever, in 60 percent of whom complications occurred. A quarter of these patients died within 3 years as a result of the infection. These results have been reported by Sonja van Roeden of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, who obtained her PhD this week.
Q-fever is caused by the Coxiella burnetii bacterium, which transmits the disease to humans and animals worldwide. Research physician Sonja van Roeden carried out her research at the UMC Utrecht and the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in 's-Hertogenbosch. Using the national chronic Q-fever database,...