[4 December/ Stuff]

A leptospirosis strain has been found in New Zealand alpaca for the first time. The disease was more common in dairy cows and could occasionally be passed on to dairy and abattoir workers. In humans, the disease could appear as a minor flu-like sickness, but may put some people in intensive care at hospital with lasting kidney or liver damage. Massey University Leptospirosis Research Group Member, Julie Emerson said two young alpacas in Manawatu died from the disease, while 12 other pregnant alpacas were aborted.