Australia: Q fever in dairy sheep for the first time in years

Published Apr 25, 2024

Tridge summary

A dairy farm with 83 dairy sheep has been temporarily blocked from milk supply after a milk sample tested positive for Q fever, an infection usually spread from animals to humans. The source of the infection is believed to be among 35 unvaccinated ewes that lambed and became lactating. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has launched an investigation and will impose fines if violations of the vaccination obligation are found. The farm's owner is required to vaccinate sheep and goats twice before first mating or insemination, with annual boosters. The NVWA is conducting a contact investigation to prevent the spread of the infection and is looking into potential risks for other animals on the farm.
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The contamination was found during the regular mandatory tank milk testing for milk supplying goat and sheep farms. The result value suggests that it concerns only one or a few animals out of a total of 83 dairy sheep. The infection is probably from some of the 35 young unvaccinated ewes on the farm. Of this group, 25 lambed and became lactating. The positive milk sample was found after these animals had lambed. Company blocked After finding the contaminated milk sample, the company was blocked. The sample was examined again at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, which confirmed the result. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) subsequently took samples that also turned out to be positive. The company was then officially declared infected. The NVWA has started an investigation and enforcement process. If there are violations with regard to the vaccination obligation, an administrative fine will be imposed. Vaccination required for first coverage Sheep and ...
Source: Nieuwe Oogst
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