The Registry will study the patterns of the outbreak conditions from 1991 until present as well as gather information from the Bureau of Meteorology to investigate any potential correlation with El Niño events, observing rainfall, temperature, sea surface temperature and river flow from all years. The frequency and distribution of animals referred to wildcare facilities and sent for post-mortem in Brisbane, Northern NSW, Central and Northern QLD will be used to localize the geographic areas of the disease and its impact. In collaboration with Murdoch University the Registry will characterise this parasite and determine whether the same organism is responsible for each outbreak over time.
Taronga: Dr Karrie Rose, Jane Hall, Australian Registry of Wildlife Health.
Collaborators: Bureau of Meterology