Screwworm: Risk and recognition

James, Peter and Green, Peter (2011). Screwworm: Risk and recognition. In: Proceedings of the 93rd District Veterinarians Conference. 93rd District Veterinarians Conference, Dubbo, NSW, Australia, (72-77). 4-8 April 2011.

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Author James, Peter
Green, Peter
Title of paper Screwworm: Risk and recognition
Conference name 93rd District Veterinarians Conference
Conference location Dubbo, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 4-8 April 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 93rd District Veterinarians Conference
Publisher District Veterinarians Association, New South Wales.
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 72
End page 77
Total pages 6
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Old World screw-worm, Chrysomya bezziana (OWS) is considered to be the most serious exotic insect pest threatening Australia's livestock industries and is endemic in a number of our closest neighbouring countries (Fig 1(a)). Habitat conditions over much of tropical and subtropical Australia are favourable for the establishment of OWS (Fig 1(b)) and the risk of an incursion may have increased in recent years with the growing live animal export trade from northern Australia and increased movement of people and animals to Australia’s northern shores. Incursion and establishment of screwworm in Australia’s extensive livestock industries, particularly the northern beef industry, would have major economic and welfare impacts. The total cost of the establishment of OWS in Australia, based on 2003 prices, was estimated to be approximately $400 million per year to the northern cattle industry alone once screw worm fly reached its ecological limits (Animal Health Australia 2004). All warm blooded animals including Australian native fauna and occasionally humans are potential hosts and there are significant animal welfare as well as economic imperatives to prevention and eradication of incursions.
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