Detector dog in place to help protect Territory’s border


Detector dog ‘Suki’ has started work at the Darwin International Airport to help keep out African Swine Fever (ASF) and other biosecurity risks.

It is crucial that Australia is kept free of ASF and this method of detection of pork products is an important step in the process.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources is continuing to work with the Department of Agriculture to ensure awareness of the disease amongst community and industry to prevent its entry. If you have concerns regarding pig health, report this via the emergency animal disease watch hotline 1800 675 888 as early detection is a priority should the disease arrive on our shores.

‘Suki’ will work by sniffing out biosecurity risks from travellers who are coming through to Darwin. All travellers are urged to comply with federal biosecurity laws that are in place to protect Australia from introduced diseases.

Overseas workers who have contact with pigs at home should wait a minimum of seven days or avoid having any contact at all with pigs in Australia, and strong biosecurity practices and hygiene are crucial.  ASF can be spread by people on their skin, clothing, footwear, and in their hair. Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling animals.

For more information on ASF please visit the Northern Territory Government website.

A labrador at the airport with her handler.

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