Salmonella in sheep, cattle, humans N.Zealand – 09/09/2005

  • November 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm #978

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    “””The disease – not known in New Zealand before 1997 – peaked
    between 1998 and 2001 with an estimated 60 per cent of farms in
    Southland and South Otago reporting outbreaks.”””,2106,3405274a3600,00.html
    Salmonella brandenburg resurgent in southern sheep flocks
    09 September 2005

    The number of southern farms reporting outbreaks of the disease
    salmonella brandenburg is nearing levels reached during 2000, the
    peak of the first outbreak.

    The brandenburg strain can cause diarrhoea, abortions, infertility
    and death in sheep and bloody diarrhoea and death calves. It can
    also spread to humans.
    An estimated 200 sheep farms in Otago and Southland have reported
    the disease, but there are fewer infected ewes than in previous

    Bruce Bissett, a senior veterinarian in Balclutha, said infection
    rates within flocks ranged from 1 per cent to 6 per cent.
    He said about 50 farms in South Otago had reported outbreaks, but he
    expected there to be more as farmers realised what the problem was.
    The outbreak has surprised vets during a mild winter, which has
    meant ewes were in excellent condition and stress levels were low.
    The disease – not known in New Zealand before 1997 – peaked between
    1998 and 2001 with an estimated 60 per cent of farms in Southland
    and South Otago reporting outbreaks.
    Some farmers had 200 ewes abort their lambs and high numbers of ewes
    also dying.

    In 2002, 104 salmonella brandenburg cases were reported on Otago and
    Southland sheep farms, compared with 208 the previous year and 295
    at the peak in 2000.

    But in 2003, Southland Hospital paediatric registrar, Rachel Clarke
    announced a serious and more virulent strain of salmonella
    brandenburg had been found in three Southland children.

    Instead of being contained within the stomach and intestines where
    it caused severe diarrhoea and vomiting, the virulent strain moved
    into the bloodstream of the three children aged between six months
    and eight years.
    One child had a salmonella B meningitis, the second had
    osteomyelitis and the third child developed a painful and serious
    mono arthritis in the hip, she said.

    “The infection is becoming invasive and children, especially those
    under five, are very, very vulnerable,” she said
    Among humans, the disease has infected veterinarians, veterinary
    workers, sheep and dairy farmers, farm workers, slink skin handlers
    as well as children.

    Mr Bissett said immunity levels in sheep flocks had dropped as
    farmers concentrated vaccination on two-tooths, which in the past
    had been the most susceptible.
    But there were reports this lambing season of more multiple births,
    which would place stress on ewes and make them susceptible to

    Andrew Roe, a partner in Central Southland Vets, said farm infection
    levels were approaching the peak of 2000.

    “It is pretty bad, with similar levels to the early years,” he said.
    The severity on farms was not as high, with many having 30 to 40
    ewes infected but there had been some reports of 100 ewes aborting
    their lambs.
    If a ewe aborted, the dead lamb and membrane should be picked up and
    disinfectant splashed around the area.

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