Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Peter Morcombe


Animal diseases, Mycobacterium avium subsp paratuberculosis, Disease control, Western Australia

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The control of Johne's disease (JD) in Australia is coordinated nationally by Animal Health Australia in conjunction with the livestock industries and the Commonwealth and State "Governments. Zones were established for Australia in July 1999 to control the spread of JD. These zones ensured that surveillance established the prevalence of JD, and that movement restrictions on livestock appropriate to the zone status were implemented. Following many years of surveillance and restrictions on the introduction of livestock, Western Australia has now been declared a Johne's Disease Free Zone - the first in Australia. Johne's Disease State Coordinator Peter Morcombe looks at the disease, and details how Agriculture Western Australia has worked with livestock owners and importers to meet the criteria set for declaration as a Free Zone.

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