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PostSubject: Killer Goat Flu Appears in Netherlands   Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:06 am

[size=75:m2yeobx9]novinite December 11, 2009

Killer Goat Flu Appears in Netherlands

There have been press reports of an alarming new epidemic that has struck the Netherlands. Following bird flu, then swine flu, now goat flu is causing panic.

According to online news sources, up to 2 300 people have succumbed to goat flu in the country, and six people have died.

The Dutch government is concerned about the impact of the epidemic and is planning to destroy hundreds of thousands of goats and sheep that may be infected by the virus.

Their Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that the new virus has struck between 55 and 350 Dutch farms. Two of the most affected cities are Eindhoven and Tilburg.

The symptoms of the new variation of influenza - known as ‘Q-fever’ - resemble those of flu, and include severe headaches, shivers and perspiration, aching muscles, sickness and diarrhea and a slow pulse rate.

The acute variant of the disease lasts for up to two weeks, but there is also a chronic variant which may last two years, with fatigue as its main symptom.



So far there have been no recorded cases of transmission of the infection from person to person.

According to Dutch experts, Q-fever is caused by bacteria (Coxiella burnetii) released when pregnant goats or sheep have spontaneous abortions.

Bulgarian medical expert Dr. Angel Kunchev, head of the Anti-Epidemic Control Department of the Bulgarian Health Ministry, has announced on Friday that there are no known cases of goat flu in Bulgaria, or in neighboring countries.

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We have an agreement with veterinarians to monitor incidence and to do research, so if something occurs in Bulgaria, we would be aware and we would begin tests to orient us. There is no immediate danger,” reassured Dr. Kunchev.


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PostSubject: Killer Goat Flu Appears in Netherlands   Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:37 am

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Dutch Authorities Plan Goat Cull to Prevent Q Fever Outbreak

Dutch health authorities have announced that they will slaughter 35 000 goats in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of Q fever spreading to humans.

The fever is caused by a bacterium that may pass from goats and sheep to humans. It causes flu-like symptoms, and can, in rare cases, prove fatal. Q fever has been discovered in 55 Dutch farms so far, and six farm workers have died this year.

Most of the farms affected by the cull are in the southern Brabant province of the Netherlands. The slaughter will account for about half of their total livestock.

The Dutch authorities had launched an obligatory animal vaccination campaign at the start of 2009, but a shortage of available vaccine meant the entire country could not be covered.

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