Notifiable diseases

If you suspect an animal disease listed below or a notifiable disease incident, whether you are an owner, a vet, laboratory staff or anyone else, you must report it to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888.

Early recognition of a serious or exotic animal disease is one of the most important factors in controlling the disease, and reducing its economic and social impact on the whole community.

Government recognises this issue by prescribing some animal diseases that can have adverse impacts under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

The list below includes exotic diseases that are not found in Queensland and need to be eradicated if detected (prohibited matter). It also includes some animal diseases that do occur in Queensland that are of veterinary or public health significance (restricted matter).  This list was called, “Notifiable diseases” under previous legislation.

If you become aware of the presence of prohibited matter or restricted matter, you must advise Biosecurity Queensland as soon as possible and within 24 hours.

You must also report an animal disease incident without delay if you don’t have  a diagnosis but you suspect it is due to the presence of prohibited matter or restricted matter, or if you observe any of the following in cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids, buffalo or bison:

  • blisters on mouths or feet
  • abnormally high sickness or death rate
  • sudden and unexplained fall in production.

There are no government charges for investigations of suspected prohibited matter or restricted matter, including negative diagnoses.

Queensland's notifiable diseases

  • African horse sickness
  • African swine fever
  • anaplasmosis, if the disease occurs outside a cattle tick infected zone
  • anthrax
  • Aujeszky's disease
  • Australian bat lyssavirus
  • avian influenza
  • avian mycoplasmosis (M. synoviae)
  • avian paramyxovirus
  • babesiosis, if the disease occurs outside a cattle tick infected zone
  • bluetongue (clinical disease)
  • Borna disease
  • bovine virus diarrhoea type 2
  • brucellosis (B. abortus, B. suis, B. canis and B. melitensis)
  • camelpox
  • cattle tick (Boophilus microplus) infestation, if the disease occurs outside a cattle tick infected zone
  • Chagas disease (T. cruzi)
  • classical swine fever
  • contagious agalactia
  • contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (Mycoplasma mycoides mycoides small colony type)
  • contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (Mycoplasma capricolum)
  • contagious equine metritis (Taylorella equigenitalis)
  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever
  • Cysticercus bovis (Taenia saginata)
  • devil facial tumour disease
  • dourine (Trypanosoma equiperdum)
  • duck virus enteritis (duck plague)
  • duck virus hepatitis
  • East Coast fever (Theileria parva)
  • encephalitides (tick borne)
  • enzootic abortion of ewes (Chlamydophila abortus and Chlamydia psittaci serotype 1)
  • enzootic bovine leucosis
  • epizootic haemorrhagic disease (clinical disease)
  • epizootic lymphangitis (Histoplasma capsulatum var.farciminosum)
  • equine encephalomyelitis viruses (eastern, western and Venezuelan)
  • equine encephalosis
  • equine herpes virus 1 (abortigenic and neurological strains)
  • equine infectious anaemia
  • equine influenza
  • equine piroplasmosis (Babesia equi, Babesia caballi and Theileria equi)
  • equine viral arteritis
  • foot and mouth disease
  • footrot in sheep (Dichelobacter nodosus)
  • fowl typhoid (Salmonella gallinarum)
  • Getah virus infection
  • Glanders (Burkholderia mallei)
  • Goat pox
  • H1N1 swine influenza
  • haemorrhagic septicaemia
  • heartwater (Ehrlichia ruminantium)
  • Hendra virus infection
  • infectious bursal disease (hypervirulent and exotic antigenic variant forms)
  • infectious laryngotracheitis
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Jembrana disease
  • Johne's disease (Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis)
  • leishmaniosis of any species
  • louping ill
  • lumpy skin disease
  • lyssavirus other than Australian bat lyssavirus
  • maedi visna
  • Malignant catarrhal fever (wildebeest associated)
  • Mediterranean theileriosis (Theileria annulata)
  • Menangle virus
  • Nairobi sheep disease
  • Newcastle disease (virulent and avirulent)
  • Nipah virus
  • porcine cysticercosis (C. cellulosae)
  • porcine enterovirus encephalomyelitis (Teschen)
  • porcine myocarditis (Bungowannah virus infection)
  • porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome
  • post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome
  • Potomac fever
  • pullorum disease (Salmonella pullorum)
  • pulmonary adenomatosis (Jaagsiekte)
  • rabies
  • Rift Valley fever
  • rinderpest
  • salmonella
  • screw-worm fly - New World (Cochliomyia hominivorax)
  • screw-worm fly - Old World (Chrysomya bezziana)
  • sheep pox
  • sheep scab (Psoroptes ovis)
  • surra (Trypanosoma evansi)
  • swine influenza
  • swine vesicular disease
  • transmissible gastroenteritis
  • transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease of deer, feline spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie)
  • trichinellosis (Trichinella spiralis)
  • turkey rhinotracheitis (avian metapneumovirus)
  • trypanosomiasis
  • tuberculosis (mammalian or avian)
  • tularaemia
  • vesicular exanthema
  • vesicular stomatitis
  • warble-fly myiasis (Hypoderma spp.)
  • Wesselsbron disease
  • West Nile virus infection - clinical

Last updated 23 March 2016