A new study on the incidence of Q fever has found as many as one in 20 people in parts of Australia have been exposed to the debilitating disease at some point in their lives.

The paper — published in the Medical Journal of Australia — was based on 2,740 samples of blood from donors at Red Cross blood banks in the Hunter New England region of New South Wales, Toowoomba in Queensland and metropolitan Sydney and Brisbane.

It is also being said that due to the drought and increase in dust, the prevalence of Q Fever is on the rise.

At Middle Ridge Family Practice our doctors are trained in the testing and immunising of patients for Q Fever. We will be running regular clinics moving forward. To make an appointment, please call our friendly staff on 07 4635 1688.

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