Netherlands sees increase in Q fever cases

28th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Southern Dutch town has seen number of cases of Q fever rise to 17, with 20 more people showing more symptoms.

28 May 2008

NIJMEGEN - In the southern Dutch town of Nijmegen, the number of cases of Q fever has risen to 17. Another 20 people are showing symptoms of the disease according to the city's health services.

The first cases came to light two weeks ago in a psychiatric institution in the city. Staff and patients came into contact with the bacteria through sheep on the site.

The flu-like symptoms include shivering, nausea and stomach ache. In serious cases patients have fever, severe headaches and pneumonia. It can be treated easily with antibiotics.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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