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Watch out for flood-related animal diseases

Producers in flood affected areas of Queensland are warned to watch out for animal diseases that can occur after severe wet weather. Biosecurity Queensland’s Principal Veterinary Officer Dr Jonathan Lee said while some stock losses following a flood event are expected, producers should report any significant livestock losses or unusual symptoms in their animals to their local veterinarian or Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 as soon as possible. “Producers and livestock owners who can access and manage their stock need to be vigilant in regularly checking and monitoring their animals’ health and wellbeing,” Dr Lee said. “With more biting flies and mosquitoes around following the floods we would expect some increased transmission of insect borne diseases, including three-day sickness in cattle. Stock being worried by insects may also occur. “Other things to look out for are signs of mastitis in dairy cattle, and livestock poisoning from toxic plant seeds that could have become displaced during flooding.” Livestock owners are encouraged to take preventative actions where possible. For symptoms, treatments or for more general information about animal diseases, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23, or contact your local veterinarian. Dr Lee said in times of natural disasters, the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) helped to return displaced livestock to their owners. “Residents who have stray livestock on their properties can email NLIS administration at NLIS_admin@daff.qld.gov.au or contact the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.”

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