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    Pig hunters - be aware of the risks

    Brucellosis (Brucella suis) is a disease carried by feral pigs that is emerging in New South Wales.

    The disease is endemic to feral pigs in Queensland and has been detected in the northern and central west regions of NSW. Swine Brucellosis may infect dogs that come in contact with feral pigs and can be transmitted to humans through blood contact with infected pigs or dogs. A number of people have already been infected in NSW.

    Brucella suis contracted by humans can result in a debilitating and prolonged illness if not treated.

    Dogs infected with Brucella suis can remain bright, alert and show no obvious signs of infection. They can also display a range of symptoms including fever, lethargy, vomiting, enlarged testicle/s, and back pain. Contact a veterinarian if you suspect Brucellosis (Brucella suis) in your dog/s.
    How to protect yourself and your animals

    Researchers from the University of Sydney have published an advisory piece on The Conversation website.

    The article contains important information on how Swine Brucellosis is spread and steps you can take to protect yourself as well as your animals.

    Here are some steps you can take to minimise the risk:

    Donít feed dogs offal or meat from feral pigs and keep dogs away from any pig blood. This includes when transporting feral pig carcasses on the back of utes, near dogs (including non-hunting dogs).
    If you or your family members interact with pig hunting dogs, ensure that the dogs do not lick humans and always wash your hands afterwards.
    When handling feral pig carcasses, ensure cuts are always covered with waterproof dressings, minimise your exposure to fluids and organs and always wash your hands and arms with soap and water afterwards.
    If you believe you are at risk, you are encouraged to get your dogs tested by your local veterinarian. For the cost of a vet consultation it is worth the peace of mind. Your vet will collect samples and submit them for testing. There is no charge for the actual test.

    More information is available from:

    NSW Health - Brucellosis and feral pig hunting fact sheet
    NSW Health - Brucellosis fact sheet
    DPI Primefact - Brucellosis (Brucella suis) in dogs
    DPI Hunt safe, hunt legal - Be a responsible pig dogger campaign

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