The Seattle PI reported on an outbreak of Q fever in Washington and Montana. This disease affects both humans, goats and other animals. Symptoms, which are like flu in humans, take about 20 days to occur after exposure and are particularly a problem for people with heart disease. If the disease becomes chronic, it must be treated with antibiotics. There is a vaccine recommended for people living in Australia.
To learn more about Q fever in goats, precautions against it, and treatment, read an excerpt from Goat Health Care.