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Poisonous ‘burning sage’ blamed for outbreak of tuberculosis in

Written by by Talia Lakritz, CNN

This story was originally published by CNN on November 28, 2018.

This is the ultimate proof that you can eat a lion in six bites and still feel full.

Rates of tuberculosis in an Australian town have skyrocketed after a stray, impala-loving wallaby escaped from a petting zoo and waddled around with its siblings for two weeks, said the mayor of the Gold Coast city of Cairns.

Rates of tuberculosis in an Australian town have skyrocketed after a stray, impala-loving wallaby escaped from a petting zoo and waddled around with its siblings for two weeks, said the mayor of the Gold Coast city of Cairns.

“The wildlife officer apprehended the animal, now we’re on his tail,” mayor Tom Tate told CNN affiliate Channel 9 News.

He also urged citizens to keep their pets inside so the region can bring its “record low rates of tuberculosis” back under control.

Fumes from the incense-burning herb Eucalyptus bengalensis, known as burning sage, attributed to the outbreak. Credit: Sepp Holton/Channel 9/Getty Images

Health officials launched an investigation into tuberculosis cases in the area after a tourist passing through Cairns complained of persistent coughs.

The World Health Organization has suggested that the city’s unusually high rate of tuberculosis cases may be caused by exposure to the “secretions of the usually grass- and bush-eating pests,” according to the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper.

But Cairns veterinarian Rupi Mann says she’s shocked.

“I’m surprised to have had only three people diagnosed and none with TB,” she told the newspaper.

Tibetan deers. They have a single skin bony segment which resembles a bull’s head. Credit: Lynn Schwaller/BBC

Freshen up your ointment, ladies!

Some livestock have a protective patch on their skin which prevents predators from munching through.

Even so, Eucalyptus bengalensis – a kind of sacred cooking herb – can release a thick, floral-smelling smoke. Since the contaminated scent has permeated all animals in the region, Cairns health officials are warning the public to steer clear of wood-burning stoves, starting on Saturday.

Only mothers are advised to make their own face and body lotion. Credit: Nicki Hudson/For the Win/Getty Images/iStockphoto

“If there’s smoke in the air, wear a filter mask,” says Cairns’ resident health officer. “This is a health issue, it’s not a storm situation.”

The city is home to a range of ecosystems, with koalas, wallabies, brumbies, echidnas, eagles, kangaroos, wild dogs, a koala lynx, Tasmanian devils, wombats, blue tits, wallabies, cane toads, kangaroos, parrots, parrots, dog lizards, cockatoos, bottle-tailed echidnas, turtles, platypus, poisonous quolls, poison dart frogs, pygmy possums, koalas, dingoes, lizards, snakes, cats, guinea pigs, lizards, snakes, spiders, snakes, tigers, cockatoos, birds, kangaroos, baboons, wallabies, kangaroos, red-tailed boobies, crows, ducks, tortoises, snakes, reptiles, mongooses, armadillos, bush babies, yak, koalas, camels, kangaroos, bubs, koalas, warring birds, guinea pigs, echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, cane toads, racer snakes, rodents, rabbits, skinks, mice, wood rats, cats, sloths, kangaroos, possums, cats, people, moose, corvids, servals, crocodiles, cane crows, scavengers, ostriches, crocodiles, herbivores, ferrets, porcupines, pythons, leopards, big cats, porcupines, lions, porcupines, rats, wild dogs, opossums, pythons, dobermans, burrowing rodents, golden orb weavers, barking kangaroos, giraffes, giraffes, dingoes, nudibees, albatrosses, terrapins, oyster catchers, peacocks, gentoo penguins, chintz flamingos, olive ridley, spaniels, giraff

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