Anthrax scare in rural Victoria

A farm in Victoria is under quarantine following the death of a cow from anthrax.

The dairy cow died from the bacterial disease at a property in Tatura, northern Victoria, a spokeswoman from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources said.

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The department’s chief vet, Charles Milne, said it was an isolated case on a farm with a history of anthrax, but further cases were possible.

The anthrax bacterium has been in Australia for 150 years and is known to occur in the soil in parts of Victoria, occasionally causing livestock deaths.

The property has been placed under temporary quarantine and stock vaccinated. Stock on adjoining farms is also being vaccinated.

“Farmers in the region should check their paddocks for sudden, unexplained deaths among their animals and report any cases to the 24-hour emergency animal diseases hotline … or to their local vet,” Dr Milne said.

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