Reporting animal disease
Report serious or unusual symptoms or behaviour in your livestock or birds to one of the following:
- Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888
- your private veterinarian
- nearest animal health adviser or government veterinarian officer.
Report any suspicions of disease immediately. We will determine whether a significant or notifiable disease is occurring.
Notifiable diseases are animal diseases that are a national threat. There is a legal requirement that anyone who suspects or diagnoses a notifiable disease reports it immediately to any of the people listed above. Failure to report a suspicion or diagnosis of a notifiable disease may result in a fine or prosecution.
Lists of notifiable diseases:
- South Australian notifiable diseases list () extracted from the South Australian Government Gazette No.46
- National list of notifiable diseases on the Department of Agriculture website.
Symptoms that could be notifiable, serious, or unusual disease
Report any of the following symptoms in livestock or birds:
- a large number of sick or dead animals
- fast spread of disease through a herd or flock
- animals that are lame, drooling, or salivating excessively
- ulcers, erosions, or blisters around the feat, muzzle, udder, and the mouth
- unusual nervous behavior
- discharge, including:
- diarrhoea, especially if there is blood in it
- excessive nasal discharge
- birds with dullness, swollen heads, or respiratory distress
- production drop in
- milk yield for livestock
- egg production in birds
- an increase in thin-shelled eggs in birds
- sudden illness with rapid deterioration or death in horses
- any unusual or unfamiliar disease symptoms in animals or birds.
Watch for less serious symptoms too. Animals not eating properly or depressed behaviour may be a sign of disease.
How to report suspected illness or disease
Give the following information when notifying your vet or animal health adviser:
- what pest or disease is suspected
- the name of the owner or farm manager
- property details including:
- street address
- telephone number
- Property Identification Code
- the livestock species
- number of animals on the property, including wild animals
- the type of animals being affected
- a description of clinical signs of the illness
- the date symptoms were first noticed
- approximate number of sick or dead animals
- if any animals that could carry disease or illness were brought to the property or left it
- any overseas travel by people on the property.
See the AUSVETPLAN on the Animal Health Australia website for more information.