Queensland’s climate provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry harmful diseases like Japanese encephalitis.
Japanese encephalitis can affect horses, pigs and even people.
The good news is, there are simple things you can do to reduce the risk:
- remove anything outside filled with water
- fill potholes that collect water
- clean out gutters, downpipes, and drains
- ensure effluent drainage is free flowing
- make sure all tanks and wells are sealed or screened with 1mm mesh.
If you have pigs or horses, know the signs of JEV and learn how to protect your animals
Chickens can carry bugs which could cause illness in people. 🤢
Always wash your hands with warm running water and soap after handling chickens, eggs or other material in the coop, and don’t kiss, cuddle, or hold birds close to your face.
Find out more on keeping backyard chickens https://www.qld.gov.au/families/government/pets/backyard-poultry
Don’t let your pigs eat meat!
Feeding pigs ‘people’ food could spread deadly animal diseases like African swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease.
To keep pigs free from disease, only feed them a diet of fruit, vegetables, grains and commercial pig feed.
Learn more about what is safe to feed your pigs: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/animal/industries/pigs/feed/swill