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Following the collaborative project that led to the rapid detection and diagnosis of the diseases causing the Bellinger River Turtle decline, this project will understand the ecology of the virus to assess risks posed to other species and waterways and build an experimental model and diagnostic tests to inform the development and assessment of disease control methods, including the potential development of a vaccine. Ultimately the aim is to develop a best practice framework for collaboration in responding to future wildlife disease events, to ensure positive outcomes for the community and the environment. This framework will incorporate field investigation, disease mitigation, biosecurity, captive management, communications and engagement.

Project Partners

Taronga: Dr Karrie Rose, Jane Hall, Australian Registry of Wildlife Health.

Collaborators: NSW DPI, NSW OEH, NSW Health, Local Lands Services, Bellingen Shire Council.