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Animal health and welfare


Reporting notifiable animal diseases

Many animal diseases are highly contagious and must be reported as soon as an outbreak is suspected. These are known as notifiable diseases.

List of diseases

Notifiable diseases include:

  • Bluetongue
  • Bird flu (Avian influenza)
  • Anthrax
  • Rabies

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website has a full list of notifiable diseases.

How to report diseases

If you suspect signs of any of these notifiable diseases, or have a case confirmed, you must report this immediately to a:

Our Trading Standards and Emergency Planning teams are responsible for dealing with outbreaks of diseases, outlined in the Animal Diseases Plan.

Monitoring animal movements and feed

To prevent the spread of disease, all livestock movements and animal feed must be monitored.

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