The Idaho Department of Agriculture has confirmed that Q fever was detected in a goat herd, which has now been quarantined. Q fever can cause stillbirths in livestock and is contagious to humans. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The disease can be passed to humans through contact with birthing fluids of affected animals or through inhalation.
The ISDA did not identify the location of the goat herd.
Q fever may be found in goats, sheep, cattle and other domestic mammals, including cats and dogs. The "Q" stands for "query" and was applied in 1937, when scientists first discovered the disease but were unsure of the causative agent.
In 1984, Q fever swept to 18 Idaho individuals, each linked to visiting or working at a sheep research station.