CIE Seminar Series – 2022: Foot-and-mouth disease and its wildlife hosts: it’s a complicated ecology

SPEAKER: Wilna Vosloo, CSIRO-Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (Heath & Biosecurity)

DATE & TIME: Friday, 18th March 2022 @ 12noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 812 2343 8561, Password: 92465869).

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Highly infectious diseases with the potential to easily cross borders threaten the livestock industries in many countries previously free from disease. Australia has been very successful to prevent the entry of diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), African swine fever and lumpy skin disease.

However, all these have recently expanded their geographical distribution or dominant lineages of viruses have been displaced. Many of these diseases have a complex interaction with specific wildlife hosts that ensure the maintenance of the disease and are therefore very difficult to control and eradicate.

This seminar will focus on FMD virus and interactions with its wildlife hosts in Africa, extrapolate to feral animals in Australia and the threat of maintenance should FMD be introduced.


Wilna Vosloo is a senior principal research scientist at the CSIRO-Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness in Geelong. For the last 30 years her research has focused on transboundary animal diseases that not only have the potential to infect livestock species, but have wildlife maintenance hosts that make the control of these diseases very complex and eradication near impossible. Two such examples are foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever.

Currently she is a group leader of five teams looking at Disease Mitigation Technologies and is responsible for the FMD research programme at AAHL. She also works extensively internationally to ensure Australia plays a global role in the control of FMD.

Wilna serves as one of 6 international members on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) FMD ad hoc Group on the Evaluation of FMD Status of Member Countries and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global FMD Research Alliance. She also serves on the Vaccine Expert Advisory Group and Vaccine Bank Contract Committee in Australia.

For more information about FMD click HERE.

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