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Wildlife Health

Surveillance
Victoria April 2014
We investigate reports of sick & dead wildlife from free ranging populations in Victoria to understand
baseline wildlife health & detect changes. This is important because wildlife health can affect biodiversity
conservation & ecosystem health, & interact with biosecurity & the health of domestic animals & people.

Please contact us to report sick and dead


wildlife from free ranging populations of
mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in
Victoria.
Pam Whiteley 0400 119 301
pamw@unimelb.edu.au
Please report dead bandicoots, antechinus, sugar
gliders etc to us for investigation.
Kangaroo and wallaby health. Please move closer to
kangaroos or wallabies to check each animal moves
away normally and report unusual behavior to us.
Dead Black Swans, Eurasian Coots, Chestnut Teal
and other waterfowl were investigated from wetlands
in March, May and June in 2013. Some died from
bacterial infection with Pasteurella multocida. Please
check local wetlands for mortalities and contact us if
you find dead waterbirds. Will this reoccur in 2014?
Please help us answer this question.
Parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets can have beak &
feather disease caused by circovirus and also
Chlamydiosis (health risk to people). Please collect
dead parrots, lorikeets, galahs and cockatoos into
plastic without touching, double bag, chill with ice, and
wash your hands.
Frog found dead can be collected and tested for
Chytrid fungus infections, a key threatening process.
Please contact Pam Whiteley 0400 119 301 pamw@unimelb.edu.au (97312000)
Wildlife Health Surveillance Victoria (Google website)
Faculty of Veterinary Science,The University of Melbourne, 250 Princes Hwy,
Werribee, 3030.
Donations into this project are tax deductible. Please contact Pam.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Youngman Trust (2013-14), the Vizard
Foundation (2011/12, 2013/14), the Hermon Slade Foundation (2008-11) and Donors.