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COVID-19 response

To date, there have been no reports of traditional 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.

Overview

Having strong animal health policy and practices is important to Alberta's livestock and other animals. It also protects public health, the environment and the agriculture industry.

The Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) works closely with other provinces, levels of government and industry on animal disease prevention and control. This includes providing information on and monitoring regulated diseases classified in Alberta’s Animal Health Act and Reportable and Notifiable Diseases Regulation.

Reportable diseases

All suspected or confirmed cases must be reported by contacting the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) within 24 hours.

Veterinarians and producers can download and fill in the Alberta Reportable Animal Disease Reporting Form (PDF, 181 KB).

The provincially reportable animal diseases listed below pose a serious threat to public and animal health, food safety and the economy. They require action to control or eradicate.

For a breakdown of reportable diseases by species, see Reportable and Notifiable Diseases reference card (PDF, 95 KB).

Notifiable diseases

If you suspect one of these diseases in your herd, notify your veterinarian within 24 hours.

Veterinarians and producers can download and fill in the Alberta Notifiable Animal Disease Reporting Form (PDF, 201 KB).

Provincially notifiable animal diseases do not require government action, but should be monitored to establish prevalence or trends.

For a breakdown of reportable diseases by species, see Reportable and Notifiable Diseases reference card (PDF, 95 KB).

Monitoring programs

To protect human and animal health, these provincial programs help prevent and control the spread of domestic animal diseases to the livestock and poultry sectors.

Confirmed cases

The following tables provide annual numbers of confirmed farmed herds or flocks affected by provincially reportable and notifiable diseases in Alberta.

  • Reportable diseases – as of May 31, 2021

    Table 1. Confirmed provincially reportable diseases

    Confirmed provincially reportable diseases 2019 total 2020 total 2021 1st quarter 2021 YTD
    Bovine spongiform encephalopathy 0 0 0 0
    Chronic wasting disease 3 10 0 0
    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 20 21 7 7
    Newcastle disease 0 0 0 0
    Porcine epidemic diarrhea 4 1 0 0
    Rabies (domestic) 0 0 0 0
    Salmonella Dublin 4 4 4 4
    Salmonella Enteritidis 31 34 5 5
    Salmonella Gallinarum 0 0 0 0
    Salmonella Heidelberg 22 9 0 0
    Salmonella Pullorum 0 0 0 0
    Salmonella Typhimurium 11 2 1 1
    Scrapie 0 0 0 0
    Swine delta coronavirus 0 0 0 0
    Toxic substances (avian) 0 0 0 0
    Toxic substances (mammalian) 12 10 0 0
    Transmissible gastroenteritis 0 0 0 0
  • Notifiable diseases – as of May 31, 2021

    Table 2. Confirmed provincially notifiable diseases

    Confirmed provincially notifiable ciseases 2019 total 2020 total 2021 1st quarter 2021 YTD
    Anaplasmosis 0 2 0 0
    All Salmonella species other than those listed as reportable 29 45 5 5
    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 1 0 0
    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 96 99 2 2
    Ixodes tick species carrying Borrelia burgdorferi 7 17 0 0
    Lyme disease (all animals) 0 0 0 0
    Johne's disease (*suspect and confirmed cases) 102 160 49 49
    Malignant catarrhal fever 1 1 0 0
    Neurotropic equine herpesvirus Type-1 2 1 0 0
    Newcastle disease (wild birds only) 0 0 2 2
    Rabies (wildlife) 6 4 0 0
    Swine Influenza 0 0 1 1
    All transmissible spongiform encephalopathies other than those listed as reportable 0 0 0 0
    Vibriosis 0 0 0 0
    West Nile virus 3 2 0 0
  • Reportable and Notifiable diseases – previous years

Contact

Connect with the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-3448
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
After business hours: 1-800-524-0051
Fax: 780-415-0810

Address:
O.S. Longman Building
6909 116 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 4P2