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Outbreak of Q fever

21st September 2007

An outbreak of a rare illness called Q fever is being investigated in the Cheltenham area.

The condition is caught from infected livestock and so far 28 cases have been identified among local people with most requiring hospital treatment. In some cases the victims can suffer severe pneumonia while others show no ill effects. The Health Protection Agency is looking at how residents may have caught the infection. An outbreak of Q fever in Solihull in 1989 led to 147 human cases.


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