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Wildlife disease surveillance

If you have found something new, unusual, severe, or unresponsive in relation to wildlife diseases, please contact the WEG veterinary lead or your nearest Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Please note: if you suspect a notifiable disease you must contact APHA immediately.

APHA Diseases of Wildlife Scheme (APHA DoWS)

The APHA DoWS has delivered national surveillance for wildlife disease in England and Wales to government since 1998.

The Scheme examines vertebrate wild species for all disease and mortality investigations, including infectious and non-infectious disease. In 2009, surveillance for vertebrate (apart from cetaceans) wildlife disease in GB became the responsibility of the Great Britain Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership, under the Chair of the APHA DoWS.

The GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership involves:

Wildlife Expert Group (WEG) veterinary lead

WEG veterinary lead - Paul DuffThe WEG veterinary lead is Paul Duff (01768 885295).

Paul Duff has been the WEG veterinary lead since 1998 and Chair of the Great Britain Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership since 2009.

He leads the Defra-funded wildlife disease scanning surveillance project in APHA, and is a former Chairperson of the European Wildlife Disease Association, former Council member of the Wildlife Disease Association and APHA representative for wildlife disease related matters in the HAIRS (Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance) Group.

WEG surveillance reports

WEG contributes interesting and unusual wildlife cases, highlights wildlife disease alerts or findings and provides focus articles relating to wildlife for the APHA Veterinary Record monthly disease surveillance report. These are compiled together with contributions from other Species Expert Groups.

Quarterly GB Wildlife Diseases Emerging Threats reports are compiled by WEG. They summarise investigations into threats and other surveillance issues to inform governments, the veterinary profession and livestock farming industries of new or re-emerging threats to cattle health or changing trends among existing ones.