By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health authorities are investigating a possible case of Q fever in a dairy industry worker in the Los Lagos Region, in the southern part of Chile, according to a local media report.

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The individual is a 28-year-old veterinarian, an official of the Manuca company, who entered the Osorno Base Hospital with severe respiratory distress and was later transferred to Santiago.

The patient remains hospitalized in the ICU of the Las Condes Clinic, connected to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The patient was tested for coronavirus and hantavirus; however, tested negative for both viruses.

Q fever, which is transmitted to humans by contact with animals, presents symptoms such as fever, as well as gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments.

The Minister of Health, Alejandro Caroca, explained that in recent days, prior to presenting symptoms, “this patient had been in contact with animals, steers, with autopsies.” antecedents make it necessary to suspect the possibility of Q fever “, explained the health authority.

Q fever, a zoonosis caused by the Coxiella burnetii bacteria, is an organism that does not produce symptoms in animals. The disease was initially described in 1937 in Australia as a fever of unknown etiology.