Category: Animals & diseases

Scabby mouth (Orf)

Scabby mouth is a disease caused by a virus that is common in sheep and goats and some other ruminants. This diseases is referred to as contagious ecthyma, or orf…
q fever sheep and shearing

Q fever

Q fever is an infection that produces flu-like symptoms in humans but shows little or no symptoms in animals. It is most commonly transmitted by inhaling infected dusts and contaminated…
Psittacosis

Psittacosis – parrot fever

Psittacosis (sometimes called ornithosis or parrot disease or parrot fever) is an infection of the lung (pneumonia) caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila (Chlamydia). The bacterium is carried by wild and domestic birds,…
Lyssavirus

Lyssavirus

Lyssavirus is related to the rabies virus. Thankfully Lyssavirus is a rare disease in Australia and only three human deaths have been recorded since it was discovered in 1996. People can be…
leptospirosis

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria.  People can catch Leptospirosis when they come in contact with the urine or birth products from infected animals. This disease is…
Hendra virus

Hendra virus

Hendra virus (HeV) is a rare, zoonotic virus (a virus transmitted to humans from animals). It is spread by fruit bats and passed from sick horses to humans. It can…
hand washing

Hand washing

Washing your hands is one of the simplest, yet most effective, things you can do to protect your health and the health of others. Farmers come in contact with many…
Anthrax

Anthrax

Anthrax is a bacterial disease that targets sheep, cattle and other hoofed herbivores (grass eating animals) like goats and horses. Occasionally anthrax infects humans.  Anthrax is a rare hazard for…