Q fever outbreak reported in Sevilla Province, Spain

An outbreak of Q fever involving 17 cases has been confirmed in Villaverde del Rio. The source of the infection has been traced to goats that often harbour the germ. Q fever is transmitted to humans through the air by inhalation of the germ from air contaminated by excreta of infected animals.

The disease, with an incubation period of 10 to 40 days, produces high fevers and headaches, can affect organs such as the liver and, in severe cases, lead to pneumonia, but it has a low mortality and can be treated with antibiotics.

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