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Some Australian sheep in Pakistan may have died of anthrax 21.
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 12:25:38 PM »
Media reports in Pakistan suggest some of the 21,000 Australian sheep may have died from anthrax.

The Karachi authorities have refused to allow a post mortem to avoid exposing people to any dangerous strains of bacteria.

President of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Ben Gardiner, says given sheep die within 48 hours of exposure to anthrax, it's possible they contracted it in Pakistan.

"So the spores would need to have been ingested from the soil presumably," he said.

"So this is not something they would have been carrying across the seas, one assumes.

"If there's any credibility to that story, then it's arisen from their time in Pakistan."

A court in Sindh province has halted a cull on the sheep, which was ordered by the Karachi Commissioner, while further tests on diseases are carried out. About 700 have been culled so far.

The sheep were originally diverted from Bahrain for scabby mouth, despite a memorandum of understanding to unload sheep from Australia with scabby mouth.

The Australian exporter of thousands of sheep stranded in Karachi, Pakistan, says those sheep have been given a clean bill of health by an independent veterinarian.

Wellard Rural Exports has released a report from Dr Ulrich Wernery, from the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in the United Arab Emirates, which is accredited by the World Animal Health Organisation, the OIE.

In the report, Dr Wernery says he personally inspected two pens containing hundreds of sheep on Wednesday, September 19, and that those sheep "do not suffer from any infectious diseases whatsoever and should be professionally slaughtered for meat production without any delay to avoid any suffering and also to avoid any animal welfare concerns".

By Sarina Locke
 Friday, 21/09/2012