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By GIM NG, BVSC, VETLIFE TIMARU
ALSO KNOWN as zoonoses or zoonotic dis-
eases, these are any disease and/or infection
that can be transmitted from vertebrate ani-
mals (cats and dogs included) to man and vice
Some of the common zoonotic diseases
present in New Zealand include: toxoplasmo-
sis, ringworm, rat bite fever, campylobac-
teriosis, cutaneous larva migrans, leptospiro-
sis, cat-scratch disease, avian chlamydiosis,
salmonellosis, fleas, mites and ticks.
And there are other diseases you can get
from farm animals.
There are various ways of catching a zoono-
sis -- animal contact or from a vector such as
fleas, ticks or lice, food or the environment.
Basic hygiene such as washing your hands
after handling pets and before eating will
minimise the chances of getting a zoonotic
disease. Unless immuno-compromised, preg-
nant or sick, in which case you might need to
take extra precautions, the chances of getting
a zoonotic disease is very slim.
Worming your pet regularly is also very
good practice to decrease the incidence of
zoonotic parasites such as hookworm. Keep-
ing up-to-date with external parasite treat-
ments for your pet is also another good way
to prevent fleas, ticks and mites from being
able to enter your house and proliferate.
When fleas start to appear on your animals,
it is very difficult to totally eliminate them
from the environment.
Soil in the garden may also be contami-
nated with excrement from your animals or
visiting ones. Wearing shoes and gloves while
gardening decreases your risk of catching any
nasty bugs from faecal contamination.
There is no need to be afraid of zoonotic
diseases as long as basic hygiene is practised.
Please do not hesitate to ask your local Vet-
life vet about the zoonotic potential of a dis-
ease your pet might have should you be con-
HAPPY DAYS: Room 14 pupils are still celebrating their outstanding achievement.
Zombie invasion scoops
Gt Barrier camping prize
By MAT KERMEEN
FINAL CUT: Ollie Roozen, Jonathon Borrill and Joshua Jones spent
many hours editing the hour of footage to come up with the final four
minutes. LEFT: Zombie Petra Campbell.
MAKE UP: Amelia Wise, back turned, Petra Campbell and Ashley
Couling are made up as zombies in preparation for filming.
Room 14 from Lincoln Pri-
mary School is heading off on
a week-long camp courtesy of
its hard work, acting skills
and bright ideas.
The class finished third in a
nationwide Genesis Energy
competition called Student
verses Wild that has earned it
a trip to the Sir Edmund Hil-
lary Outdoor Pursuit Centre
on Great Barrier Island.
The students had to create a
four-minute video demon-
strating how they would sur-
vive in the wild.
The video featured the class
of 26 surviving an unlikely
zombie apocalypse at the
They had to build a shelter,
make a fire, collect water, sig-
nal for help and find food
while fending off zombies who
had taken their teacher.
entered the competition, so
the Lincoln students rallied to
get the community to vote for
Leadership and team work
were a big part of the exercise,
and where Room 14 excelled.
The class said making the
video over a week of classes
brought them closer together
and provided them with unfor-
gettable fun memories.
Class teacher Diane Van
Der Zwet said the students
had really enjoyed the project
and had excelled in bringing
their ideas together for their
The third place prize was
for a $7000 Genesis Energy
Scholarship to attend the
camp at the Sir Edmund Hil-
lary Outdoor Pursuit Centre.
Unfortunately the prize
money was not enough for the
whole class to go, as the total
costs -- including airfares, bus
and boat -- came to nearly
$28,000. Not content to leave
it at that, the class immedi-
ately got stuck into fundrais-
When the Outdoor Pursuit
Centre team heard of its
plans, it donated an extra
$2000 in prize money.
Lincoln School Board of
Trustees and the school s
Parent Teacher Association
each chipped in $2000, and all
of a sudden mission imposs-
ible was looking likely.
Bayleys Real Estate gave
$800 and a $5500 grant from
Charity Trust New Zealand
was a big help.
Parents of the class are
chopping and selling firewood,
and are also planning a quiz
night on September 26 with
several Lincoln businesses
Sausage sizzles and other
fundraising efforts are being
undertaken by the excited and
dedicated Room 14.
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