March 13, 2018
A recent outbreak of anthrax on a cattle property near St George has prompted the State Government to remind farmers to vaccinate cattle and sheep against the killer disease.
Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said a small number of cattle had died during the recent incident.
“Our officers moved quickly to contain the disease on that individual property by immediately restricting all movement of livestock on and off that location,” Mr Furner said.
“The owners undertook vaccination of all remaining cattle to minimise the risk of further spread.”
Biosecurity Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Allison Crook said the investigation into the case had been completed and the property was no longer under movement restrictions.
“This incident indicates that anthrax spores may be present in and around the St George district and livestock grazing locally may be at risk of infection,” Dr Crook said.
“Graziers should have a biosecurity plan in place and consult with their local veterinary practitioner to decide what specific measures they should take to protect their livestock and property against anthrax.
“This can include keeping livestock away from soil disturbances caused by earthworks or flooding, and undertaking preventative vaccination.
“Producers should always be monitoring the health of their stock and immediately seek veterinary advice in the event of sudden deaths.
“Unexplained deaths of animals should be reported to Biosecurity Queensland on 13-25-23.”