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Dutch Cull First 40,000-Goats To Counter Q-Fever Outbreak

The culling of thousands of pregnant goats and sheep carrying a disease that killed 6-people earlier this year, was begun by the Dutch government on Monday.

While, it is rare for humans to contract Q-fever, a bacterial sickness, however, the unusual outbreak in the Netherlands has continued to grow since 2007, infecting 2,300-people this year.

Ordering preventative measures, the Agriculture Ministry has asked for vaccinations, including a transport ban and the slaughter of pregnant animals carrying the bacteria in high concentrations, and which are believed to be the main source of human infections, occurring usually during the goats’ birthing season.

An Agriculture Ministry spokesman informs culling has begun on 3 out of the 60-farms, with the pregnant females on infected farms identified by echosonogram and then marked with red paint, while others with green.
 
 

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