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Johne's Disease Detected in Rockhampton

26 November 2012

AUSTRALIA - Biosecurity Queensland and the Queensland Government are striving to prevent the spread of Johne's disease after detection of the condition in a beef stud cattle herd in the Rockhampton area.

Working alongside the farmer to develop a management plan, Biosecurity Queensland aim to manage and eradicate the disease from the property whilst retaining the leading genetics of the herd. The herd appears to have been infected for many years, but the source of infection is not clear at this time.

There have been substantial cattle movements between the affected and other properties, including major stud and commercial cattle properties in Queensland and interstate. These movements are being traced and risk assessments will be undertaken to determine the potential spread of disease.

The Queensland Government and the national beef industry are working together to prevent any further spread of infection with the aim of eradicating the disease from the state.

Biosecurity Queensland officers are contacting affected producers to provide information and contain the risk of disease spread.

It is very important that any producer who holds cattle from this property seeks advice from their private veterinarian or Biosecurity Queensland. Producers are strongly advised not to cull these cattle, as that could result in lengthy delays in resolving the risk of infection.

BJD is a serious disease of cattle and other ruminant species. The disease can cause chronic diarrhoea or ill-thrift, leading to emaciation and eventually death. There is no effective treatment and it is not a risk to human health.

Queensland has maintained a very low prevalence of Johne's disease through requirements for entry of stock to the state and by rigorous control of known or suspected infection.

The herd appears to have been infected for many years, but the source of infection is not clear at this time.

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