Infectious diseases

By better understanding how infectious diseases work, we've contributed to protecting our people, and way of life, through the development of better treatments and stronger eradication methods.

  • Immunity and natural hosts

    Our scientists are putting the spotlight on the immune response to zoonotic infections in the natural host and spillover species. They are investigating how these host-pathogen interactions may impact how diseases are diagnosed and treated in the future.

  • Ebola virus research

    Our scientists, located at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria, are part of a global effort to understand the deadly ebolavirus so that we may prevent further outbreaks like the current situation in parts of West Africa.

    Primary topic: Protecting animal and human health

  • Developing the world's first Hendra vaccine

    In 1994, a deadly new virus threatened to stop Australia's premier horse race – the Melbourne Cup. Over the next 16 years, 18 outbreaks of the now infamous Hendra virus were recorded through Queensland and NSW.

    Primary topic: Protecting animal and human health

  • Avian Influenza in Indonesia

    Our team at AAHL is helping track avian influenza in Indonesia using molecular mapping.

    Primary topic: Our global role

  • Bats confirmed host of SARS virus

    Our scientists, in collaboration with research partners, identified bats as the natural reservoir of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-like coronaviruses.

    Primary topic: Protecting animal and human health

  • Controlling the global spread of rotavirus with a vaccine

    We are supporting not-for-profit global health organisation PATH in their rotavirus vaccine development project, benefiting communities globally.

    Primary topic: Biomedical manufacturing

  • Foot and mouth disease preparedness

    We're working to protect Australia and its neighbours from foot and mouth disease, one of the most serious biosecurity threats facing Australian agriculture.

    Primary topic: Our global role

  • Fighting Nipah virus

    In 1998-99 an outbreak of a new virus, now called the Nipah virus, killed more than 100 people and thousands of pigs in Malaysia. Our scientists were part of the international task force to tackle the virus and later participated in vaccine evaluation.

    Primary topic: Protecting crops and animals

  • Studying disease-carrying insects

    Our scientists are studying disease-carrying mosquitoes and other insects to understand what viruses they carry, how they develop immunity to the diseases they carry and how they transmit disease throughout the environment.

    Primary topic: Protecting animal and human health

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