“I’m going to be the first person to be completely honest with you: I am scared.”
“I’m terrified to come in, I’m terrified of what people will say.
I’m afraid that they’ll say that I’m a cow,” she said.
She said she’d been bitten by the cow on a farm near her home in the north-west of the country last Friday, and since then her body has shut down.
“I think I’m going blind,” she told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“It’s very painful and it feels like my eyes are closing.
The only thing I’m doing is making sure that the other people around me don’t get infected as well.”
She added that her friends had also been bitten and it was frightening to see how close she had come to the disease.
“I’ve been told that the virus has spread to my friend,” she added.
Ms Kelleher said she and her family had been at the farm for three days and were still in quarantine and had been told to remain in the community until the disease was contained.
“We are trying to make sure that people stay away from the cows,” she explained.
“You’ve got to be careful about it and stay away if you’re close to the cows.
If you’re just out and about in the town, and you’re out with a friend, it’s fine.
But if you go out, you can’t go to the pub or go outside.”
“But we’re really, really close.
We’re in the same town as everyone else and there’s no chance of getting infected.
You’ve just got to keep your distance and be vigilant.”
Ms Keleher said the risk of contracting the disease from close contact with animals had also increased.
“The closer you get to them, the higher the risk is,” she argued.
When asked about the possibility of contracting TB from cows, Ms Kellehere said the situation was complicated.
“People think, well we’ve got a cow in the backyard, it could have spread from there,” she suggested.
A Queensland Government study revealed that of the nearly 100,000 cases of TB reported in Queensland in the past 12 months, around 10,000 were associated with close contact between cattle and humans.
“That’s what we’re seeing in the communities where we have close contact, so that’s the big issue,” she concluded.