Animal health research
Our scientists at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) help track the constant evolution of avian influenza strains including those that have the potential to change from low pathogenicity to high pathogenicity.
African swine fever
Our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) was built to help protect Australia's livestock industries from disease threats such as African swine fever (ASF), and our scientists are well prepared to help and respond.
In 2020, staff at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) confirmed that dogs from the Kimberley region of Western Australia were infected with the disease canine ehrlichiosis, previously not detected in Australia.
Fighting Nipah virus
In 1998-99 an outbreak of a disease caused by a new virus, now called Nipah virus, killed more than 100 people and infected thousands of pigs in Malaysia. Our scientists were part of the international task force to tackle the virus and have since participated in research to better understand the virus and to help develop countermeasures.
Foot and Mouth Disease
Our research works to secure our livestock from highly infectious disease outbreaks.
Foot and mouth disease
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly infectious viral disease affecting cloven hoofed animals. While FMD is not transmissible to people, the disease has major economic consequences. We're working with industry and government to ensure Australia is prepared should FMD reach our shores.