Q fever, an acute febrile disease that is transmitted from domestic animals to humans, has been confirmed in nine residents of the village of Mavrinci in Grobnišćina near Rijeka, Croatia.
The outbreak was confirmed today by the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Public Health Teaching Institute.
According to epidemiologist Danijela Lakošeljac, there are probably more patients, given that the incubation lasts two to three weeks.
Q fever is a disease caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. This bacteria naturally infects some animals, such as goats, sheep, and cattle. Epidemiologists suspect three pens of 60 to 70 sheep and goats near the residents’ homes may be the source and advised locals to avoid the pens when possible and practice good hygiene and biosafety.
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