COVID-19 response

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.

Confirmed Reportable and Notifiable Diseases in Alberta: previous years

Current as of August 1, 2020

Confirmed Provincially Reportable Diseases 2018 Totals 2019 Totals 2020 2nd Quarter 2020 YTD
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy 0 0 0 0
Chronic wasting disease 1 3 0 3
Classical swine fever 0 0 0 0
Foot-and-mouth disease 0 0 0 0
Highly pathogenic avian influenza or low pathogenic H5 or H7 influenza virus 0 0 0 0
Infectious laryngotracheitis 19 20 3 11
Newcastle disease 0 0 0 0
Porcine epidemic diarrhea 0 4 0 1
Rabies (domestic) 1 0 0 0
Salmonella Dublin 12 4 0 2
Salmonella Enteritidis 75 31 7 18
Salmonella Gallinarum 0 0 0 0
Salmonella Heidelberg 13 22 3 6
Salmonella Pullorum 0 0 0 0
Salmonella Typhimurium 2 11 1 1
Scrapie 0 0 0 0
Swine delta coronavirus 0 0 0 0
Toxic substances (avian) 0 0 0 0
Toxic substances (mammalian) 32 12 2 3
Transmissible gastroenteritis 0 0 0 0

Current as of August 1, 2020

Confirmed Provincially Notifiable Diseases 2018 Totals 2019 Totals 2020 2nd Quarter 2020 YTD
Anaplasmosis 0 0 1 1
All Salmonella species other than those listed as reportable 47 29 16 27
Anthrax 0 0 0 0
Avian chlamydiosis 0 0 0 0
Avian Influenza (wild birds) 0 0 0 0
Bluetongue 0 0 0 0
Bovine trichomoniasis 0 0 0 1
Bovine tuberculosis 0 0 0 0
Brucellosis 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 51 56
Ixodes tick species carrying Borrelia burgdorferi 23 7 11 11
Lyme disease (all animals) 0 0 0 0
Johne's disease (*suspect and confirmed cases) 167 102 43 99
Malignant catarrhal fever 0 1 0 1
Neurotropic equine herpesvirus Type-1 0 2 0 1
Newcastle disease (wild birds only) 0 0 0 0
Rabies (wildlife) 9 6 2 2
Swine Influenza 0 0 0 0
All transmissible spongiform encephalopathies other than those listed as reportable 0 0 0 0
Vibrosis 0 0 0 0
West Nile virus 75 3 0 0