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GenSan takes measures vs Q fever cases

The city council of General Santos has moved to intensify the city’s animal border protocols after the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) confirmed the country’s first cases of Q fever in imported goats from the United States.

Councilor Elizabeth Bagonoc, in a resolution, requested the City Veterinarian’s Office to conduct an intensive information campaign to prevent the spread of the potentially dangerous disease in the city.

Bagonoc also urged all stakeholders to stay vigilant and strictly adhere to biosecurity measures.

In a press conference last week, DA-Bureau of Animal Industry National Veterinary Quarantine Services Division officer-in-charge Dr. Christian Daquigan said 19 samples from the imported goats tested positive for Q fever after a series of tests.

Q fever, caused by the Coxiella burnetii bacteria, is a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted to humans through contact with infected animals, their excreta, or body and birthing fluids.

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