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Wet season spike in a rare disease among cattle workers | Farm Weekly



The best wet season in a decade has also seen a spike in cases of the rare disease leptospirosis among cattle workers in the Top End.

There have already been nine cases confirmed in the Northern Territory which has prompted the issuing of a health warning.

Leptospirosis can be a fatal disease which passes to humans chiefly through animal urine and cases have risen after the return of a better La Nina-inspired wet season across the Territory.

It can be successfully treated with antibiotics, there is no vaccine.

Melioidosis, or gardeners disease, is another risk to northern Australian residents who coming into contact with soil disease from sodden ground.

NT’s Centre for Disease Control public health registrar Dr Damien Brown said there had…

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