10-12-2009 - Q Fever in The Netherlands
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The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has reported an outbreak of Q-fever in The Netherlands. As of June 10, 1,133 human cases have been reported in 2009. This is the third outbreak of Q-fever in the Netherlands since 2007. The Dutch health ministry says 11 people in all have died from the disease since 2007.
Q-fever is an infectious disease which some infected people barely notice having while others have severe flu symptoms for months. Q-fever can not be spread between people. Goats, cattle and sheep carry the disease. It is treated by antibiotics.
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has planned to vaccinate all goats and sheep in the country against Q-fever and to slaughter all pregnant infected goats to rein the outbreak.