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Keep Watch for Flood Related Animal Diseases

10 February 2012

AUSTRALIA - Producers are advised to keep an eye out for animal diseases in parts of Queensland affected by severe flooding.

Biosecurity Queensland's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said it was important for producers who could access and manage their stock to look for any unusual symptoms.

"While some stock losses following a flood event are expected, we would ask that producers 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," Dr Symons said.

"There are several serious animal diseases that can infect livestock after a flood event, including three-day sickness.

"Producers and livestock owners need to be vigilant, regularly checking and monitoring their animals' health and wellbeing."

Livestock owners are encouraged to take preventative actions where possible. If producers notice unusual symptoms in their animals, during and after floods, they should contact a veterinarian or their local Biosecurity Officer.

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 Symons said in times of natural disasters, the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) helped to return displaced cattle to their owners.

"Residents who have stray livestock on their properties can email NLIS administration at NLIS_admin@deedi.qld.gov.au or contact the DEEDI Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23," he said.

Approvals may be required from Biosecurity Queensland inspectors to move livestock if ticks are an issue.

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