Feral pig hunting is the number one risk for catching brucellosis in NSW. Infections can be prevented by: wearing protective gear, safely dressing & butchering the pigs, thoroughly cooking the meat, protecting your family and protecting your dogs.
Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can be caught from infected animals when blood, body fluids or tissues from an infected animal comes in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth or cuts or grazes in your skin, or through eating undercooked meat. It can cause severe, long-lasting health problems, and even death, if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly.
Feral pig hunting is the number one risk for catching brucellosis in NSW. Farmers and others who shoot or trap feral pigs are also at high risk of infection.
Pig hunting dogs are also at high risk, and can potentially pass on the infection to other dogs and humans.
You can protect yourself, your family and dogs from brucellosis and other diseases that animals may carry by following these steps:
For further information about brucellosis in humans:
For further information about brucellosis in animals see the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) website on: