Notification of Reportable Diseases by Veterinarians
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Veterinarians who provide services, including analytical services, to owners or persons who work with finfish, molluscs or crustaceans are required to notify the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) when they suspect a reportable aquatic animal disease or a reportable aquatic animal disease is detected in the animals under your care.
Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations and Reportable Diseases Regulations were published in Canada Gazette Part II, on December 22, 2010, and January 5, 2011, respectively.
The requirement is as follows:
5. (2) Immediately after a person who is a veterinarian or who analyzes animal specimens suspects that an animal is affected or contaminated by a reportable disease or toxic substance, the person shall so notify a veterinary inspector (Health of Animals Act).
If you suspect or detect (including cases of non-negative test results) of a reportable aquatic animal disease, notify a veterinary inspector located at your nearest CFIA Animal Health Office, as soon as is reasonably possible.
The veterinary inspector may require additional information from you in order to help him/her determine whether an inspection is required to examine the affected animals and collect samples for testing in a Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory. When notifying the veterinary inspector, please make sure that live animals or fresh, refrigerated carcasses are available for inspection. Requested information may include:
- scientific name of the animal,
- life stage affected,
- number of animals that may be affected,
- disease history of the animals,
- presence of signs of disease,
- mortality numbers, and
- laboratory reports.
The reportable aquatic animal diseases are:
|Ceratomyxosis (Ceratomyxa shasta)||Finfish|
|Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis||Finfish|
|Haplosporidium nelsoni (MSX)||Mollusc|
|Infectious haematopoietic necrosis||Finfish|
|Infectious pancreatic necrosis||Finfish|
|Infectious salmon anaemia||Finfish|
|Koi herpesvirus disease||Finfish|
|Mikrocytos mackini (Denman Island Disease)||Mollusc|
|Spring viraemia of carp||Finfish|
|Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia||Finfish|
|Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)||Finfish|
|White spot disease||Crustacean|
|White sturgeon iridoviral disease||Finfish|
|Yellow head disease||Crustacean|
More information is available on these Reportable Diseases.
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