Notifiable Animal Diseases

The Animal Health Act requires people to report any case or suspicion of a notifiable animal disease. These notifiable diseases are all serious and some are zoonotic (that is, they can infect humans as well). Notifiable diseases in Tasmania include two lists of diseases - List A and List B.

List A diseases are exotic - that is, most of the diseases in this list are exotic to the whole of Australia, but there are a small number that occur on mainland Australia but not in Tasmania. The law requires that any suspicion of a List A disease is reported immediately to an inspector and that the owner of the suspect animals isolates them immediately, pending further investigation of the signs.

List B diseases are endemic - that is, they are known to occur in Tasmania or on the Australian mainland and some form of monitoring or control is required. The law requires that any suspicion of a List B disease is reported immediately to an inspector. There is no legal requirement to isolate the suspect animals pending a further investigation of the signs, but owners are strongly urged to take all reasonable steps to prevent any spread of those List B diseases that are contagious.

In addition to the List A and List B diseases, there are two further categories of notifiable disease that must be reported:

1. Any suspect case of a new disease (not believed to be currently in Tasmania) must be reported immediately to an inspector.
2. Any disease that is causing deaths or production losses and which is not readily diagnosed is deemed to be an unknown disease. Any unknown disease must also be reported immediately to an inspector or  investigated by a veterinarian and the suspect animals isolated pending further investigation of the signs.

To report any notifiable disease, phone the all hours emergency disease hotline on 1800 675 888.

For further information on Tasmania's notifiable diseases or on the legal requirements relating to notifiable diseases, phone the Chief Veterinary Officer on 03 6165 3263.

The legal requirements in relation to notifiable diseases are prescribed in the Animal Health Act 1995 - in particular, sections 26 to 30.

There are penalties for failing to report a notifiable disease or failing to isolate animals suspected of having a List A disease or an unknown disease.

List A Diseases

Diseases associated with mammals, other terrestrial animals and birds

African horse sickness
African swine fever
Aujeszky's disease
Australian bat lyssavirus
Avian influenza
Bluetongue (clinical disease)
Borna disease
Brucella abortus
Brucella canis
Brucella melitensis

Chagas' disease (Trypanosoma cruzi)
Classical swine fever
Contagious agalactia
Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (Mycoplasma mycoides)
Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (Mycoplasma capricolum)
Contagious equine metritis
Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
Dourine (Trypanosoma equiperdum)
Duck viral enteritis (duck plague)
Duck virus hepatitis
East Coast Fever (Theileria parva) and Mediterranean Theileriosis (Thieleria annulata)
Encephalitides (tick-borne)
Enzootic abortion of ewes
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (clinical disease)
Epizootic lymphangitis
Equine encephalomyelitis (Eastern, Western and Venezuelan)
Equine encephalosis
Equine influenza
Equine piroplasmosis (Babesia equi, Babesia caballi and Theileria equi)
Foot and mouth disease
Fowl typhoid (Salmonella gallinarum)
Getah virus disease
Haemorrhagic septicemia
Hendra virus infection
Infection with Echinococcus multilocularis

Infection with porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus
Infectious bursal disease (hypervirulent and exotic antigenic variant forms)
Japanese encephalitis
Jembrana disease
Louping ill
Lumpy skin disease
Malignant catarrhal fever (wildebeest associated)
Menangle virus infection
Nairobi sheep disease
Newcastle disease (virulent)
Nipah virus infection
Peste des petits ruminants
Porcine enterovirus encephalomyelitis (Teschen)
Porcine myocarditis (Bungowannah virus infection)
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome
Post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome
Potomac fever
Pulmonary adenomatosis (Jaagsiekte)
Rift valley fever
Screw-worm fly - New World (Cochliomyia hominivorax)
Screw-worm fly - Old World (Chrysomya bezziana)
Sheep pox and goat pox
Sheep scab
Surra (Trypanosoma evansi)
Swine influenza
Swine vesicular disease
Transmissible gastroenteritis
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease of deer, feline spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie)
Trypanosomosis (tsetse-transmitted)
Tuberculosis in any mammal
Turkey rhinotracheitis (avian metapneumovirus)
Vesicular exanthema
Vesicular stomatitis
Warble-fly myiasis
Wesselbron disease
West Nile virus infection โ€“ clinical

Diseases associated with bees

Africanised honey bees

Infestation of bees with Acarapis woodi (Acariasis tracheal mite)
Infestation of bees with Tropilaelaps clareae or Tropilaelaps mercedesae (Tropilaelaps mite)
Infestation of bees with Varroa destructor or Varroa jacobsoni (Varroasis)


Diseases associated with aquatic animals

Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND)
Bacterial kidney disease (Renibacterium salmoninarum)
Bonamia exitiosa
infection in shellfish
Bonamia ostreae
infection in shellfish
Channel catfish virus disease
Crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci)
Enteric redmouth disease (Yersinia ruckeri โ€“ Hagerman strain)
Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei
Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis
European catfish virus/European sheatfish virus
Furunculosis (Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida)
Gill-associated virus of crustaceans
Grouper iridoviral disease
Gyrodactylosis (Gyrodactylus salaris)
Haplosporidium nelsoni
infection in shellfish
Infection with Aphanomyces invadans (epizootic ulcerative syndrome)
Infection with Candidatus Hepatobacter penaei
Infection with HPR-deleted or HPR0 infectious salmon anaemia virus
Infection with yellow head virus
Infection with salmon alphavirus
Infectious haematopoietic necrosis
Infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis of crustaceans
Infectious myonecrosis of crustaceans
Infectious pancreatic necrosis
Infectious spleen and kidney necrotising virus โ€“ like viruses
Iridovirosis of shellfish
Koi herpesvirus disease
Marteilia refringens
infection in shellfish
Marteilia sydneyi
infection in shellfish
Marteilioides chungmuensis
infection in shellfish
Mikrocytos mackini
infection in shellfish
Mikrocytos roughleyi
infection in shellfish
Monodon slow growth syndrome
Nocardiosis of shellfish
Oncorynchus masou virus disease
Perkinsosis of shellfish
Piscirickettsiosis (Piscirickettsia salmonis)
Ranavirus infection of amphibians
Red sea bream iridoviral disease
Sealice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis)
Spring viraemia of carp
Taura syndrome of crustaceans
Viral encephalopathy and retinopathy
Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia
Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)
White spot disease of crustaceans
White tail disease of crustaceans
Xenohalitotis californiensis
infection in shellfish

List B Diseases

Diseases associated with mammals, other terrestrial animals and birds
Anaplasmosis in tick-free areas
Avian psittacosis
Avian tuberculosis
Babesiosis in tick-free areas
Bovine Virus Diarrhoea Type 2
Brucella suis
Cysticercus bovis (Taenia saginata)
Devil facial tumour disease
Enzootic bovine leukosis
Equine herpes virus 1 (abortigenic and neurological strains)
Equine infectious anaemia
Equine viral arteritis
Hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus)
Leptospira interrogans serovar Hardjo
Leptospira interrogans serovar Pomona
Listeria monocytogenes infection
Ovine brucellosis (Brucella ovis)
Paratuberculosis (Johne's disease)
Porcine cysticercosis (Cysticercus cellulosae)
Pullorum disease (Salmonella pullorum)
Q fever (Coxiella burnetii)
Salmonella Enteritidis infection in poultry
Salmonellosis (clinical disease)
Salmonellosis (Salmonella abortus-equi)
Salmonellosis (Salmonella abortus-ovis)
Verotoxic E coli


Diseases associated with bees

Infection of bees with Melissococcus plutonius (European foulbrood)

Infection of bees with Paenibacillus larvae (American foulbrood)

Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)


Diseases associated with aquatic animals

Abalone viral ganglioneuritis

Aeromonas salmonicida -  atypical strains  (marine aeromonad disease, goldfish ulcer disease)

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection of amphibians

Bonamia species infection in shellfish, other than Bonamia ostreae infection in shellfish or Bonamia exitiosus infection in shellfish

Enteric septicaema of catfish (Edwardsiella ictaluri)

Ostreid herpesvirus-1 ยต variant

Rickettsia like organism (RLO) of salmonids

Salmon orthomyxo-like virus (also known as Pilchard orthomyxo-like virus)

Streptococcosis of salmonids (Lactococcus gravieae)

Tasmanian aquatic birnavirus



Animal Disease Enquiries
Chief Veterinary Officer
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3263
Fax: 03 6278 1875

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