Suspected EAD incidents in any animal species, terrestrial or aquatic, can be
the National Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline by calling 1800 675
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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.
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".