Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Disease control, Program effectiveness, Western Australia

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BTEC, the national brucellosis and tuberculosis eradication campaign, is funded jointly by cattle producers and the Commonwealth and State Governments. When the campaign was launched on July 1,1970, its aims were to remove a potential export trade barrier and to improve the level of herd health. The campaign should be substantially completed by the end of 1992.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia was declared free of brucellosis in April 1980, and the entire State was declared free in 1985, the first mainland State to achieve this status.

All parts of Western Australia south of the 20th parallel were declared a Tuberculosis Provisionally Free Area in 1975. The disease is now mainly confined to the Kimberley. In late 1988, only four infected properties remain in the Southern Provisionally Free Area, all in the East Pilbara.

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