Distribution of 3-day sickness across Northern Australia
Spread by mosquitoes and biting midges the viral disease also known as Bovine Ephemeral Fever affects cattle across northern Australia. The 3-day sickness distribution reflects the annual movement of the mosquitoes and biting midges which spread the disease.
The name 3-day sickness comes from the display of clinical symptoms caused by the disease for a period of about 3 days. These symptoms include;
A vaccine is available to prevent the disease and it is critical cattle expressing symptoms are provided with adequate shade, food, water and veterinary advice.