Emergency animal diseases

Emergency animal diseases are those which could seriously damage the Australian economy, environment or livestock industry. They could be brought in from other countries or emerge as new diseases.

Foot-and-mouth disease and anthrax are examples of emergency animal diseases.

Australia has a coordinated national response plan for the control and eradication of emergency animal diseases.

To find out more about emergency animal disease preparedness go to the Animal Health Australia website.

Northern Territory (NT) veterinary officers and livestock inspectors are trained to respond to outbreaks of emergency animal diseases.

Report a disease

All emergency animal diseases, and some other diseases, are notifiable diseases under NT law.

If you are a livestock owner, manager, agent or vet you must notify the Department of Primary Industry and Resources if you suspect or know that an animal has one of these diseases. 

If you see any unusual signs of disease contact your local vet, livestock inspector or make a free call to the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Read more about notifiable diseases in animals and how to report them.

Last updated: 04 February 2020

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