An update on small ruminant notifiable diseases
Notifiable diseases are those that you’re legally obliged to report to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), even if you only suspect that an animal may be affected. They can be endemic (present in the UK) or exotic.
The risk of exotic notifiable animal disease in the United Kingdom (UK) remains ever present. Outbreaks of exotic disease present a significant threat to animals, farming, to rural communities, to animal keepers and to the economy as a whole. We all have a shared interest in a rapid and effective response to limit the potential spread of disease and ensure that freedom from disease can be recognised at the earliest opportunity which in turn supports international trade.
This presentation will cover the notifiable diseases that pose the greatest threat to the sheep industry, what APHA does to reduce the risk of notifiable disease outbreaks and the role that practitioners play.
- • To improve awareness of which diseases are notifiable
- • To understand the mechanisms in place for dealing with notifiable disease
- • To know what to do if you, a suspect a notifiable disease in the animals under your care.