Study grant for Q jab
RESEARCH for a new Q fever vaccine will receive a $200,000 boost from the NSW Government.
Q fever infection is caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii, typically passed on to humans through contact with livestock such as cattle, sheep or goats. Symptoms can include serious liver and lung disease, and there are about 600 cases each year in Australia. While it is preventable with a lifelong vaccination, the current vaccine costs about $480 and it is not covered by Medicare if the patient is at risk of the infection through their work.