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Stomach Bugs Linked To Lambs And Calves

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Stomach Bugs Linked To Lambs And Calves

Health authorities are reporting an increase in stomach diseases in the Southland area and are warning farmers to be careful when handling newborn lambs and calves.

Most of the gastroenteric diseases noted so far this spring were in relation to farm workers or young children living on farms, The Southland Times reported today.

Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore said the onset of spring could bring an increased risk for those in rural communities.

"Children under five years are most at risk of illness, which may be associated with newborn animals," Dr Poore said.

Since the beginning of August, there had been 10 notifications of salmonella brandenburg compared to only three in the same period last year, and some cases were associated with outbreaks of salmonella on sheep farms.

Last year more than half of the 36 cases of that strain of salmonella notified in New Zealand were in Southland and Otago: 19 (53 per cent) were from Otago and Southland and of these 15 (79 per cent) occurred between September and November.


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