To date, there have been no reports of livestock being infected by COVID-19 anywhere. However, livestock producers should follow normal biosecurity measures as always. This includes limiting visitors or workers who may have travelled to – or been in contact with someone from – an affected area.
For updates on COVID-19 and on-farm disease prevention, see Biosecurity and livestock – Resources: COVID-19.
See also: COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Monitoring and testing
To protect human and animal health, the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) has monitoring and testing programs in place to prevent and control the spread of diseases to the livestock and poultry sectors. The OCPV carries out programs related to animal health and production and to prevent the spread of certain domestic animal diseases.
Animal diseases are categorized as:
Reportable diseases: are those that are a serious threat to public health or animal health and can cause serious economic, political and social impacts to the livestock industry and/or the province. These diseases require action to control or eradicate. View the list of provincially reportable diseases.
Notifiable diseases: are diseases of concern that do not require action, but should be monitored to establish prevalence or trends. View the list of provincially notifiable diseases.
Confirmed cases in Alberta
The following tables provide the number of confirmed farmed herd or flocks affected by reportable and notifiable diseases in Alberta in the past 2 years. They also provide the most recent quarter and year-to-date totals.
Current as of May 20, 2020
|Confirmed Provincially Reportable Diseases||2018 Totals||2019 Totals||2020 1st Quarter||2020 YTD|
|Bovine spongiform encephalopathy||0||0||0||0|
|Chronic wasting disease||1||3||3||3|
|Classical swine fever||0||0||0||0|
|Highly pathogenic avian influenza or low pathogenic H5 or H7 influenza virus||0||0||0||0|
|Porcine epidemic diarrhea||0||4||1||1|
|Swine delta coronavirus||0||0||0||0|
|Toxic substances (avian)||0||0||0||0|
|Toxic substances (mammalian)||32||12||1||1|
Current as of May 20, 2020
|Confirmed Provincially Notifiable Diseases||2017 Totals||2018 Totals||2019 3rd Quarter||2019 Totals|
|All Salmonella species other than those listed as reportable||47||29||11||11|
|Avian Influenza (wild birds)||0||0||0||0|
|Epizootic hemorrhagic disease||0||0||0||0|
|Foot Rot (sheep and goats)||0||0||0||0|
|Foot-and-mouth disease (wild cervids)||0||0||0||0|
|Ixodes tick species not carrying Borrelia burgdorferi||135||96||5||5|
|Ixodes tick species carrying Borrelia burgdorferi||23||7||0||0|
|Lyme disease (all animals)||0||0||0||0|
|Johne's disease (*suspect and confirmed cases)||167||102||56||56|
|Malignant catarrhal fever||0||1||1||1|
|Neurotropic equine herpesvirus Type-1||0||2||1||1|
|Newcastle disease (wild birds only)||0||0||0||0|
|All transmissible spongiform encephalopathies other than those listed as reportable||0||0||0||0|
|West Nile virus||75||3||0||0|