NABS was established through the Australian Government Developing Northern Australia and Agricultural Competitiveness White Papers in 2016. It is funded by the Commonwealth Government and supported by the Western Australian, Northern Territory and Queensland jurisdictions and Animal Health Australia. For more information about the program, see the NABS webpage.
The activities taking place in WA as part of the NABS project are outlined below.
NABS activities in Western Australia
The NABS program in WA is focused on activities likely to increase the detection of important diseases of animals. Residents, livestock owners and veterinarians in northern Australia are best placed to spot and report unusual signs of disease in animals and are encouraged to participate in the NABS activities.
Priority diseases that may enter northern Australia and which would cause significant damage to our livestock industries are listed below. Some of these diseases will affect livestock and companion animals and several are zoonotic (can affect people).
NABS priority diseases list
|Priority disease||Species affected||Signs||Zoonotic|
|Foot-and-mouth disease|| || ||No|
|Screw worm fly|| || |
|Lumpy skin disease|| || ||No|
|Rift Valley fever|| || ||Yes|
|Haemorrhagic septicaemia|| || ||No|
|Bluetongue virus (exotic serotypes)|| || ||No|
| || ||Yes|
| || ||No|
|Rabies|| || ||Yes|
|Hendra virus|| || ||Yes|
|Surra|| || ||No|
|Newcastle disease (virulent)|| || |
|Glanders|| || ||Yes|