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Anthrax Kills 10 Australian Cattle

Friday, January 11, 2002

Australian health officials said yesterday tests have confirmed that anthrax killed 10 cattle in Australia's northeastern state, according to Australian media reports. Two properties have been quarantined as a Queensland Department of Primary Industries team works to dispose of the dead animals and decontaminate the sites. State officials also are investigating the source of the outbreak, the first in Australia since an infection in the state of Victoria in 1998. Queensland's acting chief veterinary officer said he did not expect the outbreak to place humans at risk provided the infection is contained. Public health officials also stressed that the situation they are dealing with in Queensland -- a major cattle producing region -- is vastly different than the recent anthrax scare in the U.S. where the disease was deliberately transmitted in powder form through the mail.

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