Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Scholar: Agricultural sector blocked Q-fever information for Decades

The Dutch Agricultural sector has blocked information about Q-fever of Dutch livestock for decades. This was revealed by Jan Hendrik Richardus, a scholar at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Richardus published his doctorate, which dealt with Q-fever, in 1985. He and his academic supervisor were asked, for economic reasons, not to give much publicity to his findings. He therefore did not approach the media at the time. Richardus states that at the time only a few cattle and people were ill with Q-fever.

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