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2012-05-30 11:14:08

Scientists at Neiker-Tecnalia, the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, have evaluated the effect of treatment with antibiotics and vaccination in controlling Q fever in sheep flocks. This disease mainly causes abortions, although it can also lead to premature births, low weight and weakness in newborn lambs. The control of this disease is of great importance in animal production, as it spreads easily among the animals and causes significant economic losses, and mainly...

2011-09-27 14:26:26

More exacerbations in lung patients, Q fever risk increasing with number of livestock close by Emissions from livestock farms cause asthma and COPD patients living nearby to experience more exacerbations, according to research presented today at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Amsterdam. Also, chances of contracting Q fever from nearby sheep and goat farms increased with the number of animals rather than with the number of farms, the research found, hinting at...

2011-05-20 13:57:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the first nucleic acid amplification test to diagnose the early stages of Q fever infections in military personnel serving overseas. The Chemical Biological Medical System Joint Project Management Office within the U.S. Department of Defense funded the development of this test, which identifies and detects the bacteria that cause Q fever (Coxiella burnetii) within four hours. The...

2009-02-04 12:23:11

U.S. scientists say they have uncovered genetic clues about why some strains of the pathogen that causes Q fever are more virulent than others. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Texas A&M Health Center and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech compared the sequences of four strains of Coxiella burnetii -- an intracellular bacterium that can cause acute and chronic Q fever in humans. Q fever is considered one of the most infectious...

2009-02-02 15:45:49

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Texas A&M Health Center, and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have uncovered genetic clues about why some strains of the pathogen Coxiella burnetii are more virulent than others.The researchers compared the sequences of four different strains of C. burnetii, an intracellular bacterium that can cause acute and chronic Q fever in humans, to build up a comprehensive picture of the genetic...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'