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 – facilitate the export of live cattle, sheep, goats and camelids, and their reproductive material, to countries that apply import conditions to mitigate the risk of introduction of bluetongue, Akabane and bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) viruses
- Bluetongue early warning – detect incursions of exotic strains of bluetongue virus (BTV) and vectors (Culicoides species biting midges) that have the potential to adversely affect livestock production in Australia and trade by surveillance of the northern BTV-endemic area
- Risk management – detect changes in the seasonal distribution in Australia of endemic bluetongue, Akabane and BEF viruses and their vectors, to inform livestock producers and support trade.
Limits of bluetongue virus transmission
The limit of BTV transmission in Australia is shown on the Bluetongue Virus Interactive Zone Map, which defines the areas in which no viral transmission has been detected for the past two years. Viral transmission is defined as detection of evidence of viral infection based on serological monitoring of cattle.
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|Commonwealth||Animal Biosecurity Branch, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment||Adam Robinson||02 6272 3924|
|Commonwealth||NAMP Reference Entomologist||Glenn Bellis||0417 271 324|
|Commonwealth||Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment||Skye Fruean||07 4241 7877|
|National body||Animal Health Australia (Program Manager)||Emily Sears||02 6203 3906|
|National body||CSIRO Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness||Debbie Eagles||03 5227 5067|
|New South Wales||Department of Primary Industries||Deborah Finlaison||02 4640 6335|
|Northern Territory||Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade||Kitman Dyrting||08 8999 2354|
|Queensland||Department of Agriculture and Fisheries||Bruce Hill||07 3708 8715|
|South Australia||Department of Primary Industries and Regions||Trent Scholz||0427 970 453|
|Tasmania||Department of Natural Resources and Environment||Debra Grull||03 6478 4121|
|Victoria||Agriculture Victoria||Berwyn Squire||0428 376 038|
|Western Australia||Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development||Marion Seymour||08 9651 0534|