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Anthrax Warning in Australia

07 September 2009

AUSTRALIA - Two cows have been reported dead as a result of Anthrax in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have said that the cattle died at two separate dairy units reports ABC.

Outbreaks of Anthrax are more likely to occur in the warmer, drier months and so these deaths have caught the industry by surprise.

Vaccination of cattle in the area is underway. Anthrax is a disease found in pasture soils and can kill the animal in 12 to 24 hours once infection has occurred.

The department's acting senior vet, Dr John Ryan said: "It's a matter of having a look at to what was going on at the two different sites to see what was similar, what was different, can something be picked up which may give an indicator of why it occurs at some stages and not others. That may be able to give us an early warning system to alert farmers of the need to take action to prevent it in the future."

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