Animal Disease Reporting
The laws of the State of New York (Ag & Mkts Law, Article 5,
§73) require that "every person shall immediately report to the
commissioner the existence among animals of any infectious or communicable
disease coming to his knowledge. Every report shall be in writing
and shall include a description of the diseased animal or animals,
the location thereof, the name of the disease suspected, and, if
known, the name and address of the owner or person in charge of
such animal or animals." In practical terms, not every disease
or disease occurrence is of equal importance and the reporting of
every occurrence of every disease would overwhelm surveillance for
those diseases of greater importance because of their potential
impact on animal health, public health or the economic viability
of the agricultural industry in the state and the nation.
Animal Disease Reporting can be divided into two categories. The
first is when the occurrence of disease is recognized but the specific
disease or agent is unknown. The second is when a specific Reportable
Disease has been identified, usually through laboratory confirmation/identification
of a specific disease agent or toxin. This includes any of the
diseases on the CDC list of Select Agents, the USDA list of High Consequence Livestock Diseases and the
USDA list of Foreign Animal Diseases (FAD’s).
In general terms, disease occurrence should be reported either
if the disease is identified as one of the specific Reportable
Diseases listed below or if any of the following apply:
- The disease presents as a new set of symptoms not previously
recognized in the species of animal affected.
- The same disease symptoms appear to be affecting animals in
- A disease with a recognized seasonal or species distribution
occurs in an unusual season or species.
- High Morbidity (number affected/unit of time).
- High Mortality (number dying/unit of time).
- Central Nervous System disorders.
- Vesicular disease in ruminants or horses or swine.
- Hemorrhagic disease.
Any individual may report a disease outbreak or suspicious disease occurrence in animals by calling the Division of Animal Industry at 518-457-3502.
If you are a veterinarian, regulatory official, or diagnostic laboratory and need immediate assistance due to an animal health emergency, and it is after normal business hours, please call the New York State Emergency Management Office at 518-292-2200 and your call will be directed to the appropriate individual.
The link below is the list of reportable diseases as requested by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry. Some diseases need immediate notification to animal health officials while others are monthly notifications. Diseases with an "X" next to them also need notification to the NYS Department of Health.
NYS Dept of Ag and Markets - Division of Animal Industry Reportable Disease List - All Species