Livestock disease investigations

Livestock disease investigation case report

The Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) provides a free disease investigation service to livestock owners for diagnosis of notifiable emergency, exotic and endemic disease, including zoonotic diseases. Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories provide free diagnostic testing for exclusion of notifiable disease for all disease investigations, and subsidies are available to private veterinarians for significant disease investigations in livestock.

During the January-March 2016 quarter 80 livestock disease investigations were conducted to rule out emergency diseases or investigate suspect notifiable diseases across the Northern Territory. The number of investigations by species of livestock is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Livestock disease investigations by species for Jan-Mar 2016

Figure 1. Livestock disease investigations by species for Jan-Mar 2016

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories processed 154 livestock sample submissions including 74 samples to substantiate proof of disease freedom certifications, and for accreditation programs and targeted surveillance to support market access.

The following case reports are a selection of field investigations of livestock disease incidents during the quarter.

Last updated: 24 June 2016