Q fever a million dollar problem
THE livestock industry millions of dollars across the supply chain due to a lack of understanding around Q fever, a new campaign being run by Victoria’s peak farmer group will show.
The Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group is set to launch an awareness campaign hitting home the seriousness of Q Fever as a drain on the livestock supply chain.
The $100,000 campaign includes industry workshops, preparedness toolkits and targeted advertising to promote the dangers of Q fever and the importance of vaccination.
“Q fever is carried by cattle, sheep, goats, feral animals and rodents, and can be transmitted to humans,” VFF livestock president Leonard Vallance said.
“It affects farmers, farm employees, shearers, animal carriers, abattoir workers, meat inspectors and vets – so, if you work with livestock right across the supply chain, you are at risk of getting Q fever.”
Mr Vallance said Q fever was a massive issue with around 600 cases reported across Australia each year, which cost industry millions of dollars annually in lost productivity, medical costs and other expenses.
“Q fever costs the meat industry alone at least $1 million every year, and when you add that up across all the livestock industries, it’s pretty significant and really underscores the importance of getting your employees vaccinated,” he said.