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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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Contact Officers

If you would like more information about the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program, please contact the relevant officer listed.

Name Organisation Number
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
Beth Cookson Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 08 8998 4908
Glenn Bellis Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 08 8998 4924

 

 

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*viral transmission is defined as detection of evidence of viral infection based on serological monitoring of cattle
 

Page reviewed: September 14, 2017