Safety

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Bushfire aftermath - hazards
Bushfires are a powerful and potentially devastating occurrence. Clean up and recovery after a bushfire can be heart wrenching, traumatic and also dangerous....
March 21, 2014
Scabby mouth (Orf)
Farmers and farm workers can catch scabby mouth when they have an abrasion that comes into contact with infected animals. They can also be infected...
March 21, 2014
Q fever
Q fever is an infection that produces flu-like symptoms in humans but shows little or no symptoms in animals. Read more...
March 21, 2014
Psittacosis – Ornithosis
Psittacosis (sometimes called ornithosis or parrot disease or parrot fever) is an infection of the lung (pneumonia) caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila. Read...
March 21, 2014
Lyssavirus
Thankfully Lyssavirus is a rare disease in Australia and only three human deaths have been recorded since it was discovered in 1996. Read more...
March 21, 2014
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...
March 21, 2014
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....
March 21, 2014
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...
March 21, 2014
Anthrax
Anthrax is a bacterial disease that targets sheep, cattle and other hoofed herbivores (grass eating animals) like goats and horses. Read more...
March 21, 2014
Sheep and shearing
Sheep and shearing can create many hazards for farm workers. Careful planning of working areas can avoid many mishaps. Read more...
March 21, 2014
Children and animals
Children get great enjoyment from farm life and naturally gravitate towards animals. However, animals can cause injuries and children need to be taught the...
March 21, 2014
Animal handling
Animals are unpredictable, especially during the mating season. Cattle, pigs, horses and sheep should be treated with caution at all times. Keep a fence or...
March 21, 2014