The epidemiology of Q fever in England and Wales 2000-2015

Kate D. Halsby*, Hilary Kirkbride, Amanda L. Walsh, Ebere Okereke, Timothy Brooks, Matthew Donati, Dilys Morgan

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Abstract

Between 2000 and 2015, 904 cases of acute Q fever were reported in England and Wales. The case dataset had a male to female ratio of 2.5:1, and a median age of 45 years. Two outbreaks were recognised during this time period, and the incidence of sporadic cases was highest across the southwest of England, and Wales. There are limitations in the surveillance system for Q fever, including possible geographical differences in reporting and limited epidemiological data collection. The surveillance system needs to be strengthened in order to improve the quality and completeness of the epidemiological dataset. The authors conclude with recommendations on how to achieve this.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalVeterinary Sciences
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

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Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Q fever
  • Surveillance

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