Rabies in Northern Australia: Preparedness and Response

Michael Ward, Victoria Brookes, Salome Durr, Courtenay Bombara, Emily Hudson, Vanessa Gabriele-Rivet, Beth Cookson, Nick Harris

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Abstract

The risk of exotic disease incursion is an increasing problem, driven by human-mediated transport of animals. Rabies is endemic in Indonesia; Australia’s extensive and remote northern borders are difficult to regulate, and a rabies infected (but nonclinical) dog on a fishing vessel or pleasure craft poses a risk. The impact of a rabies incursion on domestic dog and dingo populations could be enormous, and would cause health impacts and social disruption within indigenous communities.Beginning 2012, a research program was initiated to investigate how rabies might spread to northern Australia and its potential impact. It has focused on incursion pathways and risk assessment in PNG, the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula. The demographics of free roaming dog populations within indigenous communities on the tip of Cape York Peninsula have been studied intensively, using sight-resight methods, GPS and video collars, genetics and questionnaire surveys. Estimation of the size and distribution of surrounding wild dog and dingo populations has recently commenced, using motion-activated cameras and genetics. To inform plans for response and control, risk assessment and disease spread models are being developed. This decision-support system will facilitate planning for a worst-case scenario—a rabies incursion in remote northern Australia.
Original languageEnglish
PagesS138
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event4th International One Health Congress and The 6th Biennal Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health. - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 03 Dec 201607 Dec 2016
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Conference

Conference4th International One Health Congress and The 6th Biennal Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health.
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period03/12/1607/12/16
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