TABLE 1

Patient characteristics in acute and vascular chronic Q fever patients

CharacteristicValue for Q fever group (n):P value, acute vs vascular chronic Q fever
Past resolved (88)Acute (43)Vascular chronic (31)
Gender (% male)84.155.883.90.013
Age (yr)71 ± 950 ± 1671 ± 9<0.001
C. burnetii DNA load (qPCR CT)aNot determined35.9 ± 3.936.8 ± 4.10.36
  • a qPCR threshold cycle (CT) values are based on the 2-logarithm of the C. burnetii DNA quantity, with a lower CT value indicating a higher load.