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