Can be a challenge for several reasons including:
Swabs from aborted animals and/or blood samples from recently aborted animals can be used.
Bulk milk PCR test (Q Test).
Bulk milk PCR (Q Test) or antibody test.
Post-mortem examination of aborted foetuses and or swabs from aborted animals
Blood samples from bulling heifers and suspected clinical cases.
Please seek veterinary advice for the best way to proceed.
Ceva Animal Health provide diagnostic support for livestock keepers concerned there may be Q Fever in their herds. Please contact your veterinary professional for information.
Q Fever is a notifiable disease in the UK. Please refer to your veterinarian or local APHA office for information regarding notifiable diseases in livestock.
Limited efficacy of antibiotics to control disease and reduce shedding.
In goats' antibiotics did not reduce the number of abortions in an infected herd26.
In sheep antibiotics did not reduce shedding or the duration of time that shedding occurred over27.
In cattle an antibiotic injection at drying off did decrease shedding at calving time but did reduce the bacterial load in infected cows28.
Biosecurity both internal and external is important.
A killed vaccine is available: COXEVAC®