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    In 2007 kwamen de eerste berichten in de pers over een vreemde of onbekende griep in Noord- Brabant. In het voorjaar van 2008 kwamen er weer van dergelijke berichten.

    Dat was voor mij de aanleiding om die berichten te plaatsen op dit forum. In het Engels, d.m.v. een vertaalmachine, het resultaat is "steenkolen Engels". De links naar de oorspronkelijke artikelen in het Nederlands werken vaak niet meer.

    Af en toe plaats ik nog een update in het Engels.

    Meer berichten uit 2008 zijn hier te lezen: Netherlands - Q fever outbreak

    Het eerste bericht dateert van 30 mei 2008:

    Originally posted by Dutchy View Post
    Same region as last year. It seems more patients this year.

    On Dutch Radio a patient told he was just walking in the country with friends, when he got infected. GP did not recognize it. The man himself looked on internet to find out he had Q-fever. Tests confirmed it.
    He did not come near goats or sheep, however he walked near farms. The bacterium probably was airborn, spread by inhaled dust.

    Problem is: Q-fever is not a disease which has to be reported.


    Explosive increase Q-fever reported

    DEN BOSCH - The number of reported cases of people with Q-fever rises in Brabant explosive. Until yesterday received the Public Health Service Hart for 58 Brabant reported. The patients come from all over Brabant [province], with a concentration east of Den Bosch.

    Q fever comes particularly from goats, sheep and cattle to humans. The bacterium can cause serious long-term flu-like damage. The Public Health Service warns against panic, stressing that not everybody gets complaints.

    Until last year nationwide were about twenty people per year Q-fever. In Herpen broke last year from an epidemic. 76 people were sick. What caused the rise this year, the Public Health Service can not say. It could be due to more infected animals or by following the outbreak last year of sick people more quickly examined at Q-fever.

    The Public Health Service considers it important for public health that the government takes measures, including establishing a notification requirement for companies where Q-fever prevails.

    Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, a species of bacteria that is distributed globally. In 1999, Q fever became a notifiable disease in the United States but reporting is not required in many other countries. Because the disease is underreported, scientists cannot reliably assess how many cases of Q fever have actually occurred worldwide. Many human infections are inapparent.

    Only about one-half of all people infected with C. burnetii show signs of clinical illness. More information on Q-fever here:

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