‘Q fever’ wreaks havoc in Hyderabad, butchers are advised to stay away from slaughterhouses, beware of new disease
Symptoms like fever, fatigue, headache, chest pain and diarrhea are seen in patients.
Zoonotic diseases such as Psittacosis and Hepatitis E have been found in less than 5% of the infected.
The authorities have ordered to keep the infected people away from the slaughterhouses.
Hyderabad, After rising cases of Q fever in Telangana, many butchers have been asked to stay away from slaughter houses in the city. Generally, due to this bacterial infection spread from cattle and goats, patients are seeing symptoms like fever, fatigue, headache, chest pain and diarrhea. According to TOI, Hyderabad-based National Research Center (NRCM) has confirmed through serological tests that out of 250 samples, 5 butchers have been found to have Q fever caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. The report states that zoonotic diseases such as Psittacosis and Hepatitis E have been found in less than 5% of the butchers. Psittacosis spreads to humans from infected parrots.
As soon as the disease was detected, the authorities ordered to keep the infected butchers away from the slaughterhouses. Along with this, he has also been advised to get an advance diagnostic test done. However, GHMC Chief Veterinary Officer Abdul Vakil has clarified that there is no need to panic as only a few butchers have been infected so far. Doctors told that seropositive test shows that antibodies are present in the body against this infection. However, this does not mean that butchers can infect anyone else.
Doctors say that it is possible that the butchers have been infected with this disease earlier also and now antibodies have been formed in their body. Butchers are feared to be infected through the air due to being in contact with animals on a daily basis. NRCM has also tied up with AIIMS Bibinagar to conduct studies on Q fever, Hepatitis E and zoonotic diseases.
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Tags: Animal, infection, New Study, viral fever
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 27, 2023, 10:12 IST