Incident Information

Information is available on a number of current wildlife health incidents in Australia, as well as selected long-term health investigations and historic wildlife health incidents. Detailed information is available in the national electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS).

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Some recent incidents of national interest have been supplied as quick links in the side menu.


Incident - Bellinger River snapping turtle disease (virus) - 2015

A severe mortality event involving wild Bellinger River snapping turtles (Myuchelys georgesi) occurred with dead and dying turtles in February 2015. Over 430 turtles are estimated to have been...
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Incident - Australian bat lyssavirus in juvenile flying-foxes - 2015

One adult and three juvenile grey-headed flying foxes rescued from a NSW Central Coast flying fox roost on 9 November 2015 have tested positive for Australian bat lyssavirus. A NSW CVO...
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Incident - Shearwater mortalities - 2013

In October 2013, dead shearwaters (Puffinus spp.) were washing up along beaches and coastlines from Queensland to South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The majority of the birds...
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Incident - Rainbow lorikeet deaths - 2012

In early March 2012, a number of wild rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) were report as dead or sick at a number of sites in the eastern and north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Sick...
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Incident - Skin lesions in southern bent-winged bats - 2009

Nodular skin lesions were observed on the wings of critically endangered southern bent-winged bats (Miniopterus orianae bassani) in a breeding colony at Naracoorte, South Australia in September...
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