CFIA Enhances Animal Disease Reporting
August 17, 2009 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will provide a comprehensive view of Canada's animal health status by posting to its website all detections of federally reportable diseases. Information will be updated monthly.
This revised reporting approach captures confirmed cases of federally reportable diseases, including scrapie, chronic wasting disease (CWD), anthrax, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in farmed animals. In addition to providing monthly reports, the CFIA will continue to immediately announce any detections of reportable, foreign, or newly emerging diseases which pose significant health or economic risks.
Early disease detection and control are critical to limiting the effects of animal disease outbreaks. The CFIA reminds all livestock producers to regularly monitor their animals for signs of disease, and immediately contact their veterinarian if animal disease is suspected.
The CFIA is committed to providing all stakeholders, including the general public, media and trading partners, with information about disease detections. Those interested can subscribe to receive e-mail notifications every time reportable disease information is updated on the CFIA website. For more information, visit www.inspection.gc.ca.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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