Leptospirosis awareness

increase in animals in the Bay of Plenty

Published on Monday, November 13, 2017

There has been an increase in leptospirosis bacteria in domestic animals and livestock in the Bay of Plenty. This is not uncommon in areas that have been flooded, and have damp soil or stagnant water.

Leptospirosis is easy to catch from an infected animal and where it lives. Leptospirosis is carried in animal urine and can cause kidney and liver disease in people with possible long lasting effects such as chronic fatigue.

Protect yourself, your family, and staff by vaccinating your animals, controlling rodents, practicing good personal hygiene (hand washing after touching animals, their feed, bedding, and pooled water, and cover any wounds you may have), using protective equipment (eyewear, gloves and boots), avoiding contact with stagnant water, and seek help from a GP early, especially if you have flu like symptoms.  

Vaccination of your animals and any animal that visits your property (such as bulls servicing cows) is critical to breaking the cycle of infection. Pigs, dogs, alpacas, sheep, and cattle are a few of the common animals that can be vaccinated against leptospirosis. Call your vet for an appointment.

For further information on leptospirosis talk to your vet or search safer farms lepto  

http://saferfarms.org.nz/guides/prevention-and-control-of-leptospirosis/

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Safety first

  • Don't put yourself at risk from contaminated water, damaged roads, or landslides and other hazards.
  • Look for and report broken power lines to your electricity provider. Treat all lines as live.
  • Trees may be unstable due to saturated ground and high winds.
  • Be conscious of security. Lock your car and house. Report suspicious activity to police.

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  • Throw away food and water that has been contaminated by floodwater.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.

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  • Report flooded homes and any need for temporary accommodation to your local council.
  • Assess damage to water supply and reticulation systems. Which stock water troughs are contaminated with silt and will need cleaning?
  • Assess damage to access lanes, tracks, gateways, culverts, and fences. What flood debris needs to be cleared?
  • Assess damage to pastures and the depth and type of silt.
  • Assess available non-flooded pastures and other unaffected feed reserves.
  • Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.
  • Take photos of damage and contact your insurer.
  • Your Rural Support Trust is available to call for help or info for farmers – 0800 787 254.

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