An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and other pests and diseases could have devastating and costly impacts on our agricultural industries, our economy and our everyday life.
Western Australia is free from FMD and many of the harmful pests, weeds and diseases found elsewhere in the world.
International border measures are in place to prevent FMD and local producers are doing their bit to keep local livestock safe.
We can keep our State safe from FMD and other pests and diseases by doing three simple things when entering WA:
- Clean all shoes, clothing or equipment you bring in and remove soil or manure
- Avoid farms and livestock for the first seven days after arriving in WA if you've been to a country with FMD
- Check what you can bring into WA, and declare any listed items
It is also important to tell your overseas family and friends not to send meat and dairy in the post.
FMD is a highly contagious viral disease that affects clove-footed animals such as cattle, sheep and goats. It is carried by live animals, in meat and dairy products and can also be carried on people’s clothing and footwear.
It’s important we all play our part in keeping WA free from pests and diseases.
Learn how to prevent the spread of FMD and what you can do to protect WA.