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NSW Farmers push for Q-fever clinics

NSW Farmers has passed a motion at its 2016 Annual Conference renewing its call for government assistance to tackle the threat of Q-fever.
The Association passed a motion calling for the NSW and federal governments to conduct free Q-fever clinics (involving testing and vaccination) for all Australians who are involved in rural and animal industries.
“This motion reinforces existing Association policy calling for the vaccine to be put on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and for a sufficient number of vaccines to be made available,” said NSW Farmers President, Derek Schoen.
“During the 2016 federal election, the Coalition Government committed to investing $514,500 to research regarding the spread of the disease and its transmission to people.
The Association welcomed this announcement, but continues to call for immediate assistance to protect farmers from the disease by accessible and affordable vaccination,” Mr Schoen said.
Q fever is a worldwide airborne infection transmitted through contact with goats, cattle, sheep or native animals. The early symptoms resemble the flu and include fevers, migraines, severe sweats, body aches and pains.
20% of victims go on to suffer chronic fatigue or serious health complications. There are around 450 registered cases a year, but the disease is preventable via vaccination.