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Livestock diseases

Resources for farmers and operators on a range of livestock diseases and pests.

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Monitoring and testing programs are in place to prevent and control the spread of diseases to the livestock and poultry sectors.

Anaplasmosis in ruminants is an infectious disease of the red blood cells caused by a bacterium commonly transmitted by ticks.

This acute bacterial disease affects different animal species and humans. When ruminants are affected they may die rapidly, often within hours.

The ‘avian flu’ or ‘bird flu’ is a contagious viral disease affecting respiratory, digestive and nervous systems of many bird populations.

While this insect-borne viral disease can affect all ruminants, sheep are more susceptible to severe disease or death.

Information about this fatal disease of the nervous system of cattle, and the Canada–Alberta BSE Surveillance Program.

CWD is a progressive, fatal, degenerative disease of the brain of farmed and wild cervids including elk, deer and moose.

Lead exposure requires immediate action to prevent animal products with toxic lead levels from entering the food chain.

MCF is an infectious, viral disease in ruminants that is caused by a group of herpes viruses.

PED is a highly contagious, viral disease of swine that requires immediate action.

The Alberta government monitors the types of ticks that attach to animals and humans, and those found in the environment.

Also known as porcine delta coronavirus, this provincially reportable disease causes diarrhea, vomiting and mortality in swine.

Regularly circulating in North American swine, common strains of swine influenza include H1N1, H1N2 and H3N2.