It is essential that any disease is detected early to enable prompt diagnosis, containment and treatment.
Steps you can take
You can take steps to detect disease early on your farm.
- Use and refresh your health and biosecurity plans regularly with your vet.
- Make time to inspect your animals regularly and closely in good light.
- Monitor feed intake and mortality rates carefully.
- Isolate sick animals immediately.
- Contact your vet as soon as you detect a problem.
Disease detection and containment is vital for the control of notifiable diseases, which pose threats to the national herd. Anyone suspecting a notifiable disease is legally obliged to contact their local Animal & Plant Health Agency field office without delay. This should be done in consultation with your vet.
Reporting notifiable disease
There is a clear process for reporting notifiable diseases
- You must contact your local Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) office immediately if you even suspect notifiable disease.
- You should also contact your own vet.
- In order to confirm or rule out the presence of notifiable disease, APHA vets will visit your farm to:
- conduct a disease investigation, in liaison with your vet
- serve precautionary movement restrictions on your animals and farm until a diagnosis can be confirmed, or until disease may be ruled out
- samples may be required from your animals for diagnosis of disease
- the range of control measures will depend upon the particular notifiable disease(s) suspected
Animal & Plant Health Agency provides detailed guidance on all aspects of Notifiable Disease in Animals.