Netherlands sees increase in Q fever cases
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]