Q Fever

Submitted: Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 18:18
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G'day all,
I hope you all caught the programme about this disease on Landline on Sunday.
For all of us who are or who will be or even have, travelled the WBL, especially in dry times, and in Western Queensland, it is a cautionary story.

The organism is very virulent and can live in the soil for many years. It is pretty much impervious to heat or cold, but apparently a single organism can cause the disease.
The impact if you get it is ongoing issues like chronic fatigue, heart valve problems and even death if not treated. The good news is you can be inoculated, providing you haven't already been exposed.
For all of you out there its worth catching up in ABC iView, if you can.

Happy travelling

Les
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Reply By: Batt's - Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 19:35

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 19:35
It was certainly an eye opening programme I've never heard of Q fever before It seems to be one of those things that doesn't get a lot of publicity hopefully the government will pull their head out of their as# and put their arrogant pride aside and offer free inoculation to those who are more at risk now that ABC has bought it to our attention. The Netherlands certainly got on top of it very fast and also immunise their animals unlike over here we'll just wait to see if it gets out of hand first then we may look into it.
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Follow Up By: Member -Shakeejob - Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 21:03

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 21:03
The government cant do that, theyre too busy stuffing up the budget and chasing terrorists.
We dont count!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:57

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 07:57
We got the jab, about 8-9 years ago. Can't remember what the cost was, but our employer at the time paid for it.

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:55

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:55
On the programme they said it currently cost $200 per person done over 2 visits pretty cheap if it saves a life.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 14:17

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 14:17
hi
yes i watched the full programe and Que fever is a whole lot worse than ross river or other viruses and would be well worth been immunised for it i'm not sure about been inoculated tho ?? i thought inoculating something helped it generate growth?? cheers
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Follow Up By: MadCowz-lifemember (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 21:29

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 21:29
A number of years ago the government did (at least in Victoria) have a vaccination program for those most at risk, veterinarians, abbatior workers, farmers and farm workers, it was a 2 step process, firstly a test to see who already had immunity and a followup vaccine for those who weren't immune already.
Having known someone who had previously had Q Fever it seemed to have similar effects to Leptospirosis.
Australia has no vaccine for animals preventing them from getting or passing on Q Fever, it would be notoriously difficult rounding up all the native animals that carry the disease for a program to be effective...

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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 21:37

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 21:37
My employer paid for my test/jab.
It required a visit to the medico for a "dead" version of the virus to see if there was already some protection from prior exposure. Absent a positive reaction to that jab, the protective inoculation jab was given at the second visit.
@mazcan ...
Inoculation is simply a word for "having an outside agent applied" - when talking about human inoculation, it is generally by needle (although the "inoculation" to protect against polio is an oral application).
Inoculation of seeds to improve germination is usually by external coating.
Easy to find out much more info about Q-Fever than you really wanted to know, without resorting to Tv programs, by visiting the Q-Fever website at this location
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 09:32

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 09:32
It may be helpful to have a link to the Landline itemhere.
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Follow Up By: Member -Shakeejob - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:12

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:12
Sorry, not sure if you can link iView
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:51

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:51
My link was to a Landline text from where you can access the iView broadcast.
However, a direct link to the iView video is here. Just click on the link. It has been tested.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 09:48

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 09:48
Sorry but even Google can't help.

What is the WBL?

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Follow Up By: Member -Shakeejob - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:13

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:13
Wide Brown Land....
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 14:22

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 14:22
Your kidding. How childish. Next we wont use names - just abbreviations.

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Follow Up By: Mazzy1 - Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 16:46

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 16:46
Re the Q fever debate as I was in the meat industry for many years I did contract Q fever any I can assure you it is not very pleasant and is usually got from goats in my line of work regards mazzy1
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 19:49

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 19:49
For what it's worth my wife has quite a bit of experience dealing with Q fever and we wind up windows and close air vents when coming up to a cattle truck.

The urine etc coming off the truck can cause Q fever if droplets find their way into the car.
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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 21:39

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 21:39
BooBoo,
Do you stop breathing too? Seems a bit extreme!
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 15:59

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 15:59
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Can you get q fever rom cattle trucks
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 16:12

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 16:12
Have certainly seen an excess of urine being emitted from double decker road trains, Boo Boo, so if you are concerned about Q Fever don't think your actions are extreme. Think many zoonotic diseases affect some people more than others, otherwise every single stock agent, meat worker, grazier and even stock truck drivers would be affected(prior to vaccination, of course).

Was talking to a stock inspector, maybe 10 years ago, and he mentioned the incidence of leptospirosis in dairy farmers, and the health outcomes from this. They literally work in a "fog" of urine, so would be easy to catch something.

Until 6 years ago, I worked with cattle for over 40 years, including 3 years where we TB tested and bleed for Brucellosis twice a year, on a herd of over 20K head. We were p!ssed & shat on repeatedly, as well as other more painful occurrences, and no one that I know of ever contracted one of these diseases. Also had vibrio and lepto in that herd as well.

Bit scarey to think the Q Fever germ can live in dusty conditions, for many years. Makes you wonder how many dusty cattle yards there are, just waiting to catch some over worked ringers, with a good dose of the big Q?

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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 22:09

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 22:09
BooBoo, Still cannot get my head around the need to wind up windpws and shut vents. Surely, if missus was dealing with Q-Fever so much, she'd have been vaccinated, and she'd have insisted that you were too.

Or, maybe she was happy playing Russian Roulette then, and got paranoid later in life.
Sorry, but there's nothing to stop you getting the vacc now, is there? That'd ease the anxiety somewhat.
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