Last updated on 27 June 2012
Research call: human health risk from Q fever
The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders from researchers to carry out an assessment of the likelihood and extent of milk becoming contaminated during a Q fever outbreak or incident in UK livestock. The associated risks to humans from consumption of unpasteurised milk contaminated with Coxiella burnetii should also be assessed.
The research should be based on UK and international published and unpublished data.
Q fever is a bacterial infection caused by Coxiella burnetii bacteria. Human cases are relatively rare, but can result in serious illness. The main way Q fever is spread to humans is through contact with infected animals. The role of contaminated unpasteurised milk and milk products in human infection is less clear.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted online using our electronic procurement system. They must be received by 5pm on Monday 30 July 2012.
To find out more about this call for tenders, you will need to register as a supplier on the FSA's electronic tendering system, ePPS, via the link below.