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Reporting EADs via the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline

Congestion of the skin in a pale skinned pig from African Swine Fever, particularly of ears and snout
Photo: FAO library: J.A.W. Coetzer, R.C. Tustin, G. R. Thomson, University of Pretoria
Sudden death in poultry from H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza
Photo: Richard Rubira, Hong Kong 2002

Suspected EAD incidents in any animal species, terrestrial or aquatic, can be reported on the National Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline by calling 1800 675 888. If you haven’t already, save the number to your phone now! You never know when you’ll need it.

EAD hotline

This toll-free telephone number connects the callers to the duty state or territory government officer. It is monitored 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Anyone with concerns about the potential for an EAD incident should call this number for immediate advice and assistance.

Some jurisdictions are now developing apps to assist in reporting suspect EADs. These include Animal Health Australia’s LookCheck App, and Agriculture Victoria’s Notify Now App.

If you suspect an EAD outbreak, you are legally obliged to report it under various state/territory legislation. If there is any uncertainty as to whether or not it’s an EAD the right thing to do is report the case as soon as possible.

When you report a suspected EAD incident to the hotline you will speak with a government veterinarian. They will discuss the case with you, sampling requirements, information that should be communicated to the animal owner, and steps you should take once you leave the property. Depending on their level of concern, they may ask you to remain at your current location. Follow all advice provided by this veterinarian to the best of your ability.

Suspect cases are reported to the EAD Hotline on a regular basis, with over one hundred cases investigated each year. Most reports prove not to be EADs and do not progress further than the "incident definition phase".