Q Fever Goat Disease Spreads To Humans - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Q Fever Goat Disease Spreads To Humans

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Local, state and federal health and agricultural officials are investigating a bacterial infection called Q fever that apparently has spread from goats to humans.

The Spokesman-Review reports it has sickened five people in the Moses Lake area with flu-like symptoms. Officials also have traced infected goats to Cascade and Teton counties in Montana where six people have been stricken.

Washington Agriculture Department spokesman Jason Kelly says goats at a Moses Lake farm that had trouble birthing in April were found to be infected with the Q fever bacteria. Goats from the Grant County farm have been traced to nine other counties in Washington: Spokane, Adams, Pend Oreille, Walla Walla, Franklin,
Clark, Thurston, Kittitas and Chelan.

State Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says human cases of Q fever are rare.
 

      
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