List of Animal Diseases Reportable in California
California veterinarians are required to report certain animal diseases to their local health officer or local health department. Veterinarians and others who provide care to animals are key players in disease surveillance and vital contributors toward an effective public health system.
The California Department of Public Health oversees a statewide disease reporting system that is a critical component of public health surveillance. Human and animal disease surveillance enables local and state health departments to collect, analyze, and monitor disease incidents, to detect outbreaks and epidemics, to assess effectiveness of vaccines and other preventive interventions, and to support public health functions and policies.
State and local public health officials recently reviewed and updated the List of human and animal diseases designated as reportable. As of June 30, 2011 the California Code of Regulations Title 17 Section 2500 lists six diseases of animals that veterinarians are required to report to their local health officer .
Suspected or confirmed cases of Anthrax, Plague, Rabies, and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (e.g., Crimean-Congo, Ebola, Lassa and Marburg viruses) are to be reported immediately by telephone.
Suspected or confirmed cases of Brucellosis (except infections due to Brucella canis) and Tularemia are to be reported within seven (7) calendar days by mail, telephone, or electronic report from the time of identification.
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