National Arbovirus Monitoring Program
The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) monitors the distribution of economically important arboviruses (insect-borne viruses) of ruminant livestock and associated insect vectors in Australia. Arboviruses monitored by NAMP include bluetongue, Akabane and bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) viruses.
NAMP data are gathered throughout Australia by serological monitoring of cattle in sentinel herds and strategic serological surveys of other cattle herds (serosurveys) and trapping of insect vectors. The program maintains a database management system and publishes an Annual Report.
The NAMP is an ongoing collaboration between its primary beneficiaries: the cattle, sheep and goat industries; the livestock export industry; and the state, territory and Australian governments.
Objectives of the NAMP are:
- market access – to facilitate the export of live cattle, sheep and goats, and ruminant genetic material, to countries with concerns about bluetongue, Akabane and bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) viruses
- bluetongue early warning – to detect incursions of exotic strains of bluetongue virus (BTV) and vectors (Culicoides species biting midges) into Australia by surveillance of the northern BTV epidemic area.
- risk management – to detect changes in the seasonal distribution in Australia of endemic bluetongue, Akabane and BEF viruses and their vectors, to support livestock exporters.
Figure 1 Locations of NAMP virology monitoring sites (2015-16 arbovirus transmission season)
Limits of bluetongue virus transmission
The limit of BTV transmission in Australia are shown on the interactive BTV zone map , which defines the areas in which no viral transmission* has been detected for the past 2 years.
If you would like more information about the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program, please contact the relevant officer listed.
|Ian Langstaff||Animal Health Australia (Program Manager)||02 6203 3909|
|Andrew Moss||Animal Biosecurity Branch, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources||02 6272 5972|
|Debbie Eagles||CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory||03 5227 5067|
|Deborah Finlaison||New South Wales Department of Primary Industries||02 4640 6335|
|Lorna Melville||Department of Primary Industry and Resources NT||08 8999 2251|
|Bruce Hill||Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries||07 3362 9445|
|Trent Scholz||Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia||08 8648 5166|
|Debra Grull||Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment||03 6478 4121|
|Karen Moore||Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||03 5430 4525|
|Marion Seymour||Western Australian Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development||08 9651 0555|
|Cassandra Wittwer||Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources||08 9194 1224|
|Glenn Bellis||Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources||08 8998 4924
- NAMP Interactive BTV Zone Map
- NAMP Annual Reports
- NAMP Database Management System Program Personnel Login
- Bovine Ephemeral Fever Viral Distribution 2007-08 to 2016-17