No more anthrax cases reported

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No further anthrax cases have been reported from northern Victoria, while a big vaccination campaign is under way.

The first cases were reported on February 9 at a farm property north-east of Shepparton. A total of 10 beef cattle across two properties have died.

Almost 6000 cattle and sheep have been vaccinated as part of the response so far, with private veterinarians working alongside members of Agriculture Victoria’s animal health team.

Victoria's chief veterinary officer Graeme Cooke encouraged farmers in the region to continue to monitor the health of their livestock and report any sudden deaths.

“Early reporting ensures we can effectively respond to any suspected cases of anthrax and put measures in place to limit the risk of spread,” Dr Cooke said.

“You must report any cases of unexplained deaths where anthrax is suspected to the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888, to your local vet, or to Agriculture Victoria animal health staff on 136 186.”

Dr Cooke also praised the efforts of landholders and vets for supporting the vaccination and surveillance efforts so far.

“Undertaking a vaccination program of this size requires a lot of cooperation and people on the ground working under careful biosecurity protocols,” he said.

“Vaccination is a crucial part of an effective response to anthrax, and Agriculture Victoria maintains a ready supply of vaccines for this purpose.

“Significant progress has been made so far and will continue until all quarantine controls have been lifted.”