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Disease Bovine anaemia found in WA cattle 10.6.2013
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Bovine anaemia found in WA 

WA Country Hour  By  Olivia Garnett    Updated Mon Jun 10, 2013 

  Producers warned to look out for signs of BATOG in their cattle herds height=227 Photo: Two properties in WA have been found with BATOG so far (Kim Honan)     

A cattle disease that hasn't previously been found in Western Australia has been detected on several animals on two properties in the Southern Agricultural Region.

The disease is called Bovine Anaemia due to Theileria Orientalis Group, or BATOG.

Dr Mia Carbon is the animal disease control manager with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), she says the disease is caused by a blood parasite which has been present in eastern Australia since 2005.

"The symptoms are anaemia which will typically be seen in the cattle by a paleness of the mucus membranes, they can also be jaundice, so there can be some yellowing of the eyes and gums, they can be quite depressed, off their food, they'll often have a high fever,"

"They may also show some reproductive signs such as abortions or still births and they can they can have some blood in the urine."

Dr Carbon says the disease is thought to be spread by bush ticks and possibly other native ticks.

"Once a cow is infected they are typically infected for life."

"The sorts of cattle most at risk are the ones that are kept in the habitat of the tick, so scrubby  or woodland areas."

"Cattle on open pasture should have very little contact with the tick vectors."

BATOG has been found in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

"There are no movement controls for cattle moving from the eastern states with regards to this disease," Dr Carbon said.

DAFWA has created factsheets on the disease which can be found at