[8 November/Stuff]

Mycoplasma bovis may have been detected on two new farms in the Waimate district after suspicious test results. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed a Restricted Place Notice over the properties to stop the movement of livestock. Both farms are owned by the Van Leeuwens. The results would be confirmed by further testing later this week. If positive, the results would bring the total number of farms infected to nine. Last month MPI said about 4000 Van Leeuwen cattle worth up to $8 million would be slaughtered to halt the spread of the disease. M. bovis is highly contagious within herds but does not travel from farm to farm through airborne means. It does not infect humans and presents no food safety risk. There is no concern about consuming milk and milk products.