There are medications that are effective in eliminating the bacterial infection, and your veterinarian will guide you in creating an effective treatment plan for the cat. However, be aware that C. burnetii is more resistant to eradication than other types of Rickettsiae, a similar type of bacteria.
Because of the zoonosis of Q fever, take extreme care when handling infected animals. To lessen the risk of transmitting the disease, your cat should be immediately hospitalized once it is found to have Q fever.
It can be difficult to determine the success of therapy because many animals will spontaneously improve. However, even asymptomatic cases should be aggressively treated because of the potential for human infection.
By the time a diagnosis is made in a cat, human exposure and infection have more than likely occurred. Therefore, anyone who has been in contact with the cat should seek immediate medical attention. The incubation period from the time of contact until the first signs of illness is 5 to 32 days.
Humans typically contract the disease by inhaling infected aerosols (i.e., airborne material), especially after an animal has given birth; children are commonly infected from ingesting raw dairy milk, but are usually asymptomatic. Person-to-person transmission is possible but rare.
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A type of disease that can be transferred between people and animals
The organ of mammals that comes while a female is pregnant; may also be referred to as afterbirth
Any inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph.
Small, wingless insects that live as parasites on humans and some animals
The singular form of the word bacteria; a tiny, microscopic organism only made up of one cell.
The presence of a disease within a given area
The process of turning an egg into a bird
Term used to refer to a condition of having a disease or affliction but not displaying symptoms of it.
Having the ability to produce disease