Dutch Ministers Call for Q-fever Animal Slaughter

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Dutch Ministers Call for Q-fever Animal Slaughter

From Expatica.com on European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance (EVANA)

[Note from EVANA: Evidently there is no end of health problems brought to us by animal farming. How many more dangerous livestock diseases will have to shower down on the global village before meat production and all its consequences will be researched in a scientific and objective way?]

An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 goats and sheep in the Netherlands are to be slaughtered in connection with Q-fever.

Amsterdam--Minister of Health Ab Klink and Minister of Agriculture Gerda Verburg have agreed that on infected farms where animals have not been vaccinated, all pregnant animals must be slaughtered, whether or not they have the virus.

Q-fever is caused by bacteria (Coxiella burnetii) released when pregnant goats or sheep have spontaneous abortions. The disease is prevalent in areas in the southern Netherlands with large-scale goat farms and a relatively dense population.

This year alone 2,200 people have contracted it, most of them in the southern rural province of Brabant. At least six people have died.