Q-fever is a disease caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii affecting humans and animals. Q-GAPS (Q fever GermAn Interdisciplinary Program for reSearch) is an interdisciplinary and unique consortium with extraordinary expertise, competence and knowhow from different disciplines which will realize the "One Health" approach. "One Health” is defined as a collaborative and trans-disciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.
Q-GAPS has committed itself to investigate unsolved questions relating to the epidemiology, immunology, pathogenesis, surveillance and control of Coxiella burnetii. All results obtained will be integrated into an interactive database and made available to the public. Also, Q fever guidelines will be provided to assist the public health service in detecting, monitoring and controlling C. burnetii.
We also will invite practicing medical doctors and veterinarians or those working in the field of public health as well as representatives from Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) and Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) to Q-GAPS symposia, in order to adapt the interactive database and the Q-fever guidelines to Public Health requirements. There has to be a better collaboration i.e. a better exchange of information between the reporting systems TSN (veterinary medicine) and SurvStat (human medicine), in order to gain better control of Q-fever in Germany. By providing advice the Q-GAPS consortium will assist in this matter.