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Reduced risk of acute poisoning in Australian cattle from used motor oils after introduction of lead-free petrol.

Burren, B.G. and Reichmann, K.G. and McKenzie, R.A. (2010) Reduced risk of acute poisoning in Australian cattle from used motor oils after introduction of lead-free petrol. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88 (6). pp. 240-241.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.2010.00577.x

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Abstract

Lead (Pb) poisoning of cattle has been relatively common in Australia and sump oil has been identified as an important cause of Pb toxicity for cattle because they seem to have a tendency to drink it. Lead-free petrol has been available in Australia since 1975, so the aim of this study was to assess the current risk to cattle from drinking used automotive oils. Sump or gear box oil was collected from 56 vehicles being serviced. The low levels of Pb found suggest that the removal of leaded petrol from the Australian market as a public health measure has benefited cattle by eliminating the risk of acute poisoning from used engine oil.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© The Authors
Keywords:Cattle; lead; poisoning; sump oil; toxicxity.
Subjects:Animal culture
Veterinary medicine > Other diseases and conditions
Animal culture > Cattle
Deposited On:23 May 2011 00:46
Last Modified:23 May 2011 00:46

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