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Coxiella burnetti Falsecolour transmission electron micrograph TEM of the rickettsialike bacteria Coxiella burnetti Here the organism is dividing in two with cell contents duplicated Coxiella burnetti is the cause of an influenza like febrile illness known as Q fever It is highly infectious usually including patchy pneumonic consolidation Hepatitis endocarditis may also occur Q fever is transmitted to humans via sheep goats and cattle Human infection is by inhalation of dust or droplets contaminated from the excreta of infected animals or by ingestion of infected milk Treatment is with antibiotic drugs Magnification x at x cm size


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