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Immediately notifiable diseases

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In general, immediately notifiable diseases are diseases exotic to Canada for which there are no control or eradication programs.

The CFIA can undertake control measures for such diseases when notified of their presence in Canada. This category also includes some rare indigenous diseases. A herd or flock of origin must be certified as being free from these diseases in order to meet import requirements of trading partners.

Only laboratories are required to contact the CFIA regarding the suspicion or diagnosis of one of these diseases. Information must be forwarded by e-mail to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Section.

The notification must include the following information:

  1. the name, address and telephone number of the person who owns or has the possession, care or control of the animal;
  2. the location of the animal; and
  3. all other information that the laboratory has in relation to the animal.

An electronic compendium of immediately notifiable disease factsheets is available upon request. These sheets contain information on the epidemiology of these diseases as well as diagnostic tests that could lead to notification. To obtain a copy of the compendium, please send your request to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Section at the email address mentioned above.

The immediately notifiable diseases are:

Importation of animal pathogens

The importation and use of animal and zoonotic pathogens is regulated by the Health of Animals Act and Regulations. Import permits and facility certification can be obtained from the Biohazard Containment and Safety Division.

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