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Clin Infect Dis. 2001 Aug 1;33(3):399-402. Epub 2001 Jul 5.

Sexually transmitted Q fever.

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Communicable Disease Control Branch, Department of Human Services, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5000.

Abstract

We report the sexual transmission of Coxiella burnetii from a man with occupationally acquired Q fever to his wife. Fifteen days after coitus, his wife also developed serologically proven acute Q fever. C. burnetii DNA sequences were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) performed on semen samples obtained from the husband at 4 and 15 months after the onset of acute Q fever, but PCR results were variable at 23 months, indicating the presence of few organisms.

PMID:
11438911
DOI:
10.1086/321878
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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