An­thrax in­ci­dent at Swan Hill

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

LAST month, Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria vet­eri­nar­i­ans re­sponded to the pos­i­tive prop­erty near Swan Hill.

Vic­to­ria’s chief ve­teri­nary of­fi­cer, Dr Charles Milne, said the af­fected prop­erty had now been quar­an­tined and ap­pro­pri­ate biose­cu­rity pro­tec­tions were in place.

“We are urg­ing lo­cal farm­ers to con­tinue to be vig­i­lant and re­port any symp­toms in live­stock that may be re­lated to an­thrax,” Dr Milne said.

An­thrax is caused by a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring bac­te­ria, Bacil­lus an­thracis, which is known to ex­ist in soil in parts of North­ern Vic­to­ria.

Dr Milne said it was not un­usual for in­ci­dents of an­thrax to be de­tected in cat­tle and sheep in the re­gion, with sev­eral farms in the Swan Hill area af­fected in March 2017 and a prop­erty in March this year.

Dr Milne said all sheep on the af­fected prop­erty had now been vac­ci­nated and ap­pro­pri­ate dis­pos­als were tak­ing place.

Cur­rent ev­i­dence sug­gests that one prop­erty has been af­fected.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria will con­tinue to work with nearby farm­ers, vet­eri­nar­i­ans and the lo­cal com­mu­nity to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

An­thrax is not a con­cern for the pub­lic:

An­thrax does not spread rapidly and is not con­ta­gious.

* There is no gen­eral pub­lic health risk as­so­ci­ated with an­thrax.

peo­ple who han­dle dead live­stock such as farm­ers, vet­eri­nar­i­ans and knack­ery work­ers.

There is no im­pact on lo­cal pro­duce or food safety.

Farm­ers are urged to re­port any cases of un­ex­plained live­stock death to the 24hour Emer­gency An­i­mal Dis­ease Watch Hot­line on 1800 675 888, their lo­cal vet or to Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria an­i­mal health staff.

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