Although rare in Australia, Brucellosis (Brucella suis) is widespread in Queensland's feral pig population. It is also found in the feral pig population in northern New South Wales (NSW).
Feral pig hunting is the number one risk for catching brucellosis in NSW. Infections can be prevented by:
Brucellosis has been detected in dogs that have been pig-hunting in NSW, and dogs that have been fed raw feral pig meat. It has the potential to spread to domestic species, such as domestic pigs, cattle and horses which could impact trade for these industries in Australia.
Brucellosis (Brucella suis) is a notifiable disease which means there is a legal obligation to notify authorities if you know or suspect that an animal has this disease. You can report suspected or confirmed brucellosis in animals in one of the following ways: Phone your Local Land Services on 1300 795 299; or phone the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 immediately.
African swine fever (ASF) is spreading to new areas overseas. It is a highly contagious viral disease that can kill domestic and wild pigs.
The disease has been found in countries of sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe (including the Ukraine and Russia). In late 2018, ASF was reported for the first time in China and Belgium. ASF has never occurred in Australia and it is crucial that we remain free of the disease.
An outbreak of ASF in Australia would have significant impacts on pig production and health. It would also be very difficult and costly to eradicate.
As hunters, you are our eyes and ears - and may be able to spot any signs of illness in wild pig populations.
If you see signs of disease consistent with ASF in domestic or feral pigs, contact your veterinarian and/or phone the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 immediately.