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The following are some questions about the anthrax case scenario to make you think about real life questions and situations faced following the reporting of a suspected EAD case.

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The farmer is anxious to know what’s going on and if his other cows are at risk. What are some key points Sheila should tell the owner now? Check all the relevant boxes.

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The cows have died, and it might be from anthrax which is a zoonotic bacterial disease (that can infect humans). It is notifiable in NSW because it poses a serious risk to human and animal health, export markets and farm productivity.

Because of the risk of infection, keep yourself and other stock on the property away from the carcasses and the surrounding environment.

Do not move or open the carcasses. The most likely way humans are infected with anthrax is through handling carcasses of animals that have died from anthrax. The government vet will advise on carcass disposal.

They should stay on the property until government veterinary officer arrives and advises a course of action.

You will need to destroy all the cattle on the property to contain the outbreak.

There are to be no movements of stock from the property. Even if cattle are headed to the sale that day they are not to move from the property.

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Prior to calling Sheila out to the farm, farmer Bill had already committed to help his sister, Joan, with some fencing later this afternoon. Joan raises sheep a few properties down the road. While waiting for the government veterinary officer, Bill asks whether he should change his plans, given the diagnosis. What should Sheila advise?

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Neither Bill, nor anyone, are permitted to leave until the government veterinary officer arrives. Bill must cancel his plans and await further direction.

Sheila should recommend that Bill consider cancelling his plans; remaining on the property will reduce the risk of disease spread and also ensures that Bill is present to follow any advice provided by the government veterinary officer.

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Bill wants to know if he can tell his sister Joan and husband Jim about the anthrax outbreak. What should Sheila tell him?

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While Bill is free to discuss the outbreak event with his sister, and would not be breaching any legislation in doing so, it would be better if he did not to discuss the outbreak at this stage.

It is a legal requirement for Bill to maintain strict confidentiality about the diagnosis.

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At the end of what was a long and emotional day Sheila needs to unwind. She goes to the local pub for a beer, and there meets up with vet from another mixed practice clinic in the same district. Sheila is tempted to discusses the events of the day. What should Sheila say?

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Sheila is free to discuss the events of the day including the suspected EAD outbreak. After all her friend works in the same district and should probably be aware of the problem.

Sheila should not talk about the suspected EAD outbreak she attended.

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