Wildlife Health Surveillance - Victoria

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Subject: Wildlife Health Surveillance - Victoria
From: "Euan Moore" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:29:35 +1000
Here in Victoria the Wildlife Health Surveillance Victoria monitors the
health of wildlife and particularly the spread of diseases in wildlife
populations.  This is done within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at
Melbourne University.  


If you are birding in Victoria then the following extract from the latest
newsletter is relevant to you. 



Grey Kangaroos with severe incoordination have recently been reported from
several areas of Victoria. Please move closer to a mob of kangaroos to check
each animal moves away normally and report unusual behavior to us.

Dead Black Swans, Eurasian Coots, Chestnut Teal and other waterfowl have
been investigated from wetlands in March, May and June. Please check local
wetlands for mortalities and contact us if you find dead waterbirds or have
seen any during recent months. 



Parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets can have beak & feather disease caused by
circovirus and also Chlamydiosis (health risk to people). Please collect
dead parrots, galahs and cockatoos into plastic without touching, double
bag, chill with ice, and wash your hands. 


Frogs found dead can be collected and tested for Chytrid fungus infections,
a key threatening process. 


Please contact Pam Whiteley 0400 119 301   to report sick
and dead wildlife from free ranging populations of mammals, birds, reptiles
and amphibians in Victoria. 


People finding dead wildlife in other states should report to their state
environment and primary industry/ag animal health people, or their
Australian Wildlife Health Network state coordinator.

Further information, including newsletters that you can download and
distribute, can be found at 








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