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Fever q

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Fever, q

An acute (abrupt-onset), self-limited febrile illness first reported in 1935 in queensland, australia. The Q is said not to be for queensland, but for Query since the cause of the disease was long a query (question mark). It is now known to be due to coxiella burnetii, a rickettsia (a peculiar group of bacteria). Aside from sudden onset of fever, there is headache, malaise, and pneumonia (interstitial pneumonitis) but no rash.