Reportable animal diseases
Diseases of significance to Western Australia are listed in the reportable animal diseases list (173KB pdf).
The list is reviewed annually by the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer and published in March. A person who suspects that a reportable disease may be present in livestock is required to report this to a Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia Veterinary Officer or Stock Inspector within 24 hours. There are several reasons why a disease may be included on the reportable disease list. The disease may be:
- exotic to Australia
- present in Australia but exotic to Western Australia
- subject to a control or eradication program
- of special significance for export or other reasons
- zoonotic (can affect humans).
The action that follows a reportable disease report varies according to the significance of the case. For diseases of major significance such as Foot and Mouth Disease or BSE there would be an emergency response aimed at early eradication. At the other end of the spectrum, the diagnosis of some reportable diseases may result only in advice to the producer. New or unusual disease events may result in an in-depth investigation.
For further information go to Animal Health Laboratories
Page updated 1 May 2013
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