Coxiella burnettii (Q Fever) antibodies

Microbiology

Notes

 Q Fever is associated with cattle, sheep and goats.

  • Coxiella burnettii nucleic acid detetion assays (e.g. PCR) can be performed on an EDTA blood sample. Please discuss with the laboratory.
  • This test is part of the following viral screen sets:

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples normally required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset
  • Occupational history, e.g. veterinary surgeon, farm worker
  • Endocarditis history

Storage/transport

Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

7 - 10 days

Positive results are referred to a Regional Reference Centre, so may take longer


Page last reviewed: 22/10/2013