Q fever confirmed in Idaho livestock

Q fever confirmed in Idaho livestock

Credit: Eric Turner/KTVB

Goats like these can be affected by Q fever.

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 12:23 PM

BOISE -- Q fever is back in Idaho.
    
A release from Governor Otter's office says that the State Department of Agriculture is investigating a confirmed case of Q fever in an Idaho goat herd.
   
The herd has been quarantined.
 
Q fever has been known to cause stillbirths in livestock, most often in goats, sheep and cattle.
    
Symptoms typically include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  
The disease can be contagious to humans and most often is passed through contact with birthing fluids of affected animals or through inhalation.

The ISDA encourages all livestock owners and handlers to be aware of the signs of illness and contact their veterinarian if animals display symptoms of Q fever.

Back in November, we told you about Acey Shaw, the head girl's basketball coach in Dietrich who contracted the disease. Shaw is still recovering.
 

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