The DoA has produced a new comprehensive online field guide to better manage the threat of emergency animal diseases, such as African Swine Fever and Foot & Mouth Disease.
Australia will be better prepared to control significant animal biosecurity threats, such as African Swine Fever (ASF), through a new comprehensive online field guide for emergency animal diseases, issued by the Department of Agriculture (DoA) this week.
The guide is in addition to the existing range of measures in place to better manage animal biosecurity threats. These include increased intervention measures at our borders, testing of intercepted meat produce for ASF and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), as well as stronger enforcement approaches for biosecurity breaches relating to meat products.
A roundtable was recently held between leaders, scientists and governments to discuss the actions needed to keep ASF out of Australia. A simulation exercise will also be held later this year to test our disease response capabilities to make sure we’re as prepared as we can be.
Head of Biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, said the guide will help vets with early detection, diagnosis and control of exotic and emerging infectious diseases in livestock. She pointed out that ASF and FMD could wipe out industries and jobs, as well as impact on trade and availability of Australian produce, so early identification and reporting is critical to minimise the potential devastation.
The field guide was produced by the DoA together with Australia’s Animal Health Laboratory. The 270-page resource is available on the Outbreak website.
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