Study grant for Q jab

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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.

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