GP cleared in Q fever vax case

The Supreme Court of Victoria has found in favour of a busy GP who failed to follow up a patient who did not return as advised for Q fever vaccination and later developed the condition.

Stephen Grinham was working at the Tabro Meats abattoir in Gippsland when he contracted Q fever in early 2006 — a bacterial infection causing high fever, rigors, lethargy and profuse sweating.

He now has post-Q fever syndrome, involving prolonged symptoms of the same condition, which has incapacitated him for work.

In 2002, soon after starting work