Diagnosing livestock diseases

For Australian farmers, emergency animal diseases may have severe consequences for livestock productivity, trade and human health.

This is why it’s important to act quickly if you suspect an emergency animal disease.

What are emergency animal diseases?

An emergency animal disease is a disease that meets one or more of the following points:

  • a known disease that doesn’t normally occur in Australia, and is considered in the national interest for the country to be free from that disease
  • a variation of a disease that does occur in Australia, and would have a national impact
  • a serious infectious disease of unknown or uncertain cause, which may not be on the national list of emergency diseases
  • a disease that occurs sporadically in Australia, but is occurring in such a severe outbreak form that an emergency response is required.

What should I do?

As a responsible Australian farm and landowner, you have a legal obligation to report any suspicion or outbreak of an emergency animal disease.

To report a disease outbreak, call the National Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

How Local Land Services can help

You can also contact your Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Department of Primary Industries Veterinarian or private vet for help diagnosing livestock diseases.

If you want more information on emergency animal disease, or if you need clarification, read the NSW DPI Notifiable Animal Diseases Primefact.

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