Anthrax outbreak on Queensland cattle farm

BIOSECURITY officers in Queensland are attempting to contain an anthrax outbreak that has caused the death of 80 head of cattle on a St George farm. Biosecurity Queensland says tests conducted on the dead animals on Friday have since confirmed the presence of the bacteria that causes anthrax.

"It's believed the cattle deaths were caused by the disturbance of contaminated soil, followed by rainfall that distributed the soil containing the bacteria," chief biosecurity officer Dr Jim Thompson said in a statement.