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Q Fever is caused by a bacteria that can be found in goats, sheep, cattle, and wildlife such as bighorn sheep and mountain goats.


How can I get sick? 

  • By breathing in dust of contaminated poop, pee, milk, or dried birthing fluids 
  • Direct contact with an infected* animal and its secretions.  
  • Eating or drinking contaminated unpasteurized (raw, straight from the animal) milk products.

Symptoms in humans:  

  • Fever (when your body gets a little hotter than normal)  

  • Chills (feeling of being cold and shivering) 
  • Sweats 
  • Tiredness 
  • Headache 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Feeling like you need to throw up 
  • Throwing up 
  • Diarrhea (runny poop) 
  • Chest Pain 
  • Weight loss 
  • Dry cough  

Symptoms in animals: 

Most animals will not show any signs or symptoms but can still spread the bacteria.  

The main symptom that can be seen in pregnant animals: 

  • Abortion (loss of baby) 
  • Infertility (difficulty having baby) 
  • Stillbirth*
  • Mastitis*
  • Metritis*

What can I do to stay healthy? 

  • Do not eat or drink raw milk or any raw milk products.  
  • Avoid contact with animal birthing fluids such as placenta*. 
  • If you are helping an animal give birth, make sure to protect yourself by wearing gloves, a mask, and gown. 
  • Avoid contact with animals that are infected*, but this can be difficult as most animals might not show signs of illness. Avoid areas where potentially infected* animals are kept.  


  • Infected: When germs get inside of a body, animal, or an organism.  
  • Mastitis: Swelling in the breast, which is usually caused by an infection.   
  • Metritis: Swelling of the uterus.  
  • Placenta: Temporary body part that forms during pregnancy.  
  • Stillbirth: Death of a baby before or during childbirth.  

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