Thesis / Dissertation

Improving disease surveillance in Australia’s sheep industries: investigations of syndromic surveillance, farmer behaviour and sheep trade networks

Caitlin Nicole Pfeiffer, Angus Campbell (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

Designing and delivering effective, useful livestock health surveillance is a challenge for many countries. The observations of people in frequent contact with livestock, captured through passive surveillance, play an important role in many national surveillance systems. In Australia, the effectiveness of passive surveillance on sheep and beef farms has been limited by infrequent veterinary contact. Farm workers frequently observe signs of disease in livestock, but these observations are not captured by existing surveillance systems. This thesis therefore posed the question: can farmers’ observations be collected to generate useful surveillance information? Syndromic surveillance of farmer..

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