Friday, May 3, 2013

Q fever affects 17 people in Seville, Spain

The Andalusia Department of Health confirmed an outbreak of Q fever in Villaverde del Rio that affected 17 people. Q fever is a zoonosis transmitted to humans through the air, never from person to person, by inhalation of these organisms from air contaminated mostly 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.