Emergency Status

Actively monitoring
Current Emergency

Mycoplasma bovis Outbreak

Status (Orange): Waimate CDEM is actively monitoring this event.

Waimate Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) is a support agency, for this Civil Defence event, with the Ministry of Primary Industries leading the response. We are receiving regular updates from MPI and, as the MPI headquarters for this event is in the Otago region, the Otago Group CDEM Welfare Manager. We are also offering support to the South Canterbury Rural Support Trust who have personnel currently deployed to the MPI response centre in Oamaru.

MPI are issuing regular media releases and running an email subscriber list for those who wish to receive stakeholder updates.  Email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz to get on the list.

Where to find latest Information:

MPI Mycoplasma bovis website http://mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/

Questions for MPI - Call: 0800 008 333, or email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz

Oamaru welfare contact: 027 4474610 or Email: mbwellbeing@asurequality.com

Rural Support Trust - 0800 787254

Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline - 0800 809966

Compensation Guidelines or Email: compensationcoordinator@mpi.govt.nz

What you can do:

Farmers should look out for:

  • Unusual mastitis in cattle that doesn't respond to treatment
  • Arthritis in cows and calves
  • Late-term abortion
  • Pneumonia in calves.

Not all infected animals get sick, but they can pass on the disease to other animals.  Mycoplasma bovis spreads between animals through close contact.

Farmers who see these signs in their stock should contact their veterinarian in the first instance, or MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

M. bovis mainly affects cattle and has little effect on other production animals. It does not affect horses and pet animals.

Animal health checklist to use when buying stock [PDF, 175 KB]
Practice good biosecurity – keep things clean
Farmer guidance on protecting your farm [PDF, 177 KB]
A3 farm hygiene poster - Protect your farm from disease [PDF, 373 KB]