March 21, 2022

Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) has been detected in a third Queensland piggery, believed to be in the South Burnett region.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson would not confirm the location but said the Department was working directly with piggery owners to minimise any risks to them and their workers.

“We’re asking all piggery operators across Queensland to be vigilant and keep a look out for any signs of JEV,” the spokesperson said.

The virus circulates in mosquitos and is transmitted to animals and people through bites.

It is not transmitted from person to person.

Queensland authorities are working with other States and Territories, and industry, to minimise risks.

There is no risk to people from eating pig meat and all Australian-produced pork remains safe to consume.

If producers see any of signs of JEV, they should immediately contact a veterinarian, Biosecurity Queensland on 13-25-23, or call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800-675-888.

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