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Title: Canine Rabies will alter how we manage wild dogs in Australia
Contributor(s): Sparkes, Jessica (author); Ballard, Guy (author); Fleming, Peter  (author); Brown, Wendy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Canine rabies, a fatal viral zoonosis, is now less than 300 kilometres from Australia's mainland and continues to spread eastwards through the Indonesian archipelago. Rabies incursion into Australia will alter our society's perceptions of wild dog management, particularly in peri-urban areas where contact can occur between wild dogs, pets and people. Canine rabies will not only have major implications for Australian pest animal management, but will also impact upon how Australians interact with domestic animals and native wildlife. Fear of infection may increase pressure to kill or tightly control dogs and will likely require land managers to adapt how they manage people and wild dogs in densely populated areas. To respond to this imminent threat, we need to model how rabies will spread through Australian ecosystems so that we can develop effective rabies management plans. This will minimise reaction times and improve our chances of containing outbreaks. Here, we present preliminary data collected to inform rabies management plans. Firstly, we use data from GPS-telemetry collars fitted to domestic and wild dogs, as well as data from camera traps, to provide insight into dog-dog and human-dog contact rates. Secondly, we present and discuss the results from self-administered surveys focussed on dog ownership and dog bites, hunting dog movements and interactions between hunting dogs and wild dogs, all of which are vital to understand, detect and manage canine rabies when it reaches Australia.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: AVPC 2014: 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference: Management of vertebrate pest animals across the landscape, Brisbane, Australia, 26th - 29th May, 2014
Source of Publication: 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference 2014 Program and Abstracts (Abstracts: 2B - Landscape-scale pest management), p. 30-30
Publisher: Biosecurity Queensland
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070704 Veterinary Epidemiology
070203 Animal Management
070205 Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300905 Veterinary epidemiology
300302 Animal management
300304 Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180204 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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