By tackling local threats and controlling existing diseases, countries are able to build the capacity needed to deal with future emerging disease threats.
Tularemia is an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans. While it can be fatal, it is rare in Australia and can be treated with antibiotics.
Emerging diseases on which the experts are keeping a close eye.
The federal government's recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.