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Q Fever Halts Construction on Panda Ethanol Plant

The bacteria called Q fever has sent construction workers at Panda Ethanol in Hereford packing.

Yesterday at the Panda Plant construction workers packed up their tools and headed home because of the detection of a bacteria no one had ever heard of, had infected a few employees.

Panda Ethanol says evacuating the plant is a sever over reaction. Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Bill Pentak says, "Yesterday they told us they were evacuating the job site and I can tell you we were extremely surprised they took the step. From everything we've learned we think this is a severe overreaction. "

But Pentak says Panda Ethanol is looking to begin contruction again as soon as possible and to come on line in the next quarter producing ethanol.

The Texas Health Department says the average person should not worry.

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