Threat abatement plan
About the plan
Chytridiomycosis is an infectious disease affecting amphibians worldwide. The disease has been recorded in four regions of Australia, namely the east coast, southwest Western Australia, Adelaide, and more recently Tasmania. This highly virulent fungal pathogen of amphibians is capable at the minimum of causing sporadic deaths in some populations, and 100 per cent mortality in other populations.
The threat abatement plan for infection of amphibians with chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis came into force on 7 September 2016. It replaces the threat abatement plan for infection of amphibians chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis (2006).
This threat abatement plan has two broad goals:
- to prevent amphibian populations or regions that are currently chytridiomycosis-free from becoming infected by preventing further spread of the amphibian chytrid within Australia
- to decrease the impact of infection with the amphibian chytrid fungus on populations that are currently infected