Occupational infection in an offal porter: A case of Q fever

T. G. Aw, N. Ratti

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This case report describes the job activities of an offal porter who developed Q fever while processing livers from sheep. The diagnosis was confirmed by an increase in specific serial antibody titre. The main clinical features were anorexia, nausea, headache, pyrexia and elevated gamma-glutamyl transferase. Twenty-four cases of occupationally-acquired Q fever were noted by the Communicable Diseases Surveillance Centre (CDSC) between 1984 and 1994. This case report has an important feature in that a workplace visit was performed to evaluate the system of work and the circumstances of exposure to the infectious agent. Relevant preventive measures for this zoonotic infection are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-434
Number of pages3
JournalOccupational Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Abattoir worker
  • Coxiella burnetti
  • Offal porter
  • Q fever
  • Zoonotic infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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