Fact Sheets

Wildlife Health Australia’s Fact Sheets contain brief, factual information on a wide range of diseases, both infectious and non-infectious, that impact Australian wildlife and feral animals. Information focuses on implications of disease for free-ranging native wildlife, although impacts on humans, domestic and feral animals are included to provide a One Health perspective. Diseases of relevance to Australian wildlife that are exotic to Australia, or zoonotic (transmitted from an animal to a human) are also included. There are also several Fact Sheets on topics of general interest to wildlife health.

Wildlife Health Australia welcomes your feedback on Fact Sheets. Please email admin@wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au. We would also like to hear from you if you have a particular area of expertise and are interested in creating or updating a WHA Fact Sheet. A small amount of funding is available to facilitate this.

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Chytrid fungus in Australian frogs - Jul 2023

The fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) infects the keratinised tissues (skin or tadpole mouthparts) of amphibians around the world, potentially resulting in the disease...

EXOTIC - Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in amphibians - Jul 2023

Batrachochytrium salamandrivoran (Bsal) is a species of fungus that can cause fatal disease in salamanders and newts, and may cause disease in frog species. Infection with Bsal causes skin erosion...

Ranavirus in wild Australian amphibians - Dec 2016

Ranaviruses have been associated with disease outbreaks causing significant mortality and morbidity in wild amphibians, reptiles, and cultivated and wild fish. Ranaviruses have been reported from...

The impacts of climate change on Australian wildlife - Aug 2023

Climate change can act as a “threat multiplier” of wildlife disease by altering the environment-host-agent-vector balance. The  stress of climate change can be devastating to...
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