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Diseases carried by cats are having a $12 million impact on Australian agriculture each year, with the sheep industry affected the most, according to a study by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme. The diseases - including toxoplasmosis, sarcocystosis and cat roundworm - depend on cats to reproduce and spread. "We can reduce the cost of cat-dependent diseases on agriculture by lowering numbers of feral and pet cats around farms," Co-author Dr Patrick Taggart said.
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