1Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran
2Member of Infectious Diseases, Research Center of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3Instructor, Research Center of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
There have already been a few studies on Q fever in Iran and most of them go back to more than 50 years ago. Preliminary serologic studies on ruminants and febrile patients in Southeast Iran show a high seropositivity in this region. Misdiagnosis as well as poor attention of public health authorities to this infection can facilitate the epidemic spread of Q fever. Further studies on the diagnosis of acute and chronic types of Q fever and detection of Coxiella burnetii are in progress by the authors.