New farm rules to combat animal fever

31st August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Medical services in agricultural areas in the Netherlands have been ordered to systematically test milk reservoirs at farms to prevent the spread of Q fever.

The Netherlands - Medical services in agricultural areas in the Netherlands have been ordered to systematically test milk reservoirs at farms to prevent the spread of Q fever.

This disease can jump from goats or sheep to people; the symptoms resemble those of influenza.

Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg and Health Minister Ab Klink wrote to parliament that the new regime will come into force in the coming months. There will be a cattle transport ban for farms where the disease is found. The ministers hope that a spread of the disease can be prevented.

Over 2,000 people have been affected with Q fever, particularly in the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Utrecht, Limburg and Overijssel. Five people have died. Q fever is not related to (A)H1N1 fever.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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