This list of reportable animal diseases has been updated (June 2007) to address concerns regarding the potential use of biological agents as weapons that could affect animal and human health, as well as the food supply.

Diseases marked with an asterisk (*) must also be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 within 24 hours of suspicion or diagnosis (300 CMR 140).

Reporting Priorities:

  1. Report immediately by telephone, confirm in writing.
  2. Report in writing or by telephone within 24 hours.
  3. Report in writing or by telephone within 5 days.
DiseaseSpecies AffectedPriority
African Swine FeverPorcine1
Anthrax *All 1
Avian InfluenzaAvian1
Babesiasis (Piroplasmosis)All 1
Botulism (Clostridium botulinum)All1
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)Bovine1
Bovine Viral DiarrheaBovine1
BrucellosisAll Species2
Canine DistemperAll2
Canine InfluenzaCanine1
Canine ParvovirusAll2
Chronic Wasting DiseaseCervid1
Contagious EcthymaOvine3
Contagious Equine MetritisEquine1
Eastern Equine Encephalitis *Equine1
Encephalomyelitis (All)Equine/Avian1
Equine Herpes Virus – 1Equine1
Equine Infectious AnemiaEquine1
Equine Viral ArteritisEquine2
Feline calicivirusFeline2
Feline panleukepeniaFeline2
Foot and Mouth DiseaseAll 1
Fowl Plague (Cholera)Avian2
Hog CholeraPorcine1
Infectious LaryngotracheitisAvian3
LeptospirosisAll Species3
Mange, All TypesOvine2
Sarcoptic, PsoropticBovine2
Newcastle Disease including VVNDAvian1
Paratuberculosis (Johnes)Bovine2
Plague (Yersinia pestis) *All1
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)Porcine1
Potomac FeverEquine2
PseudorabiesAll 1
PsittacosisPet Birds2
Q Fever (Coxiella burnetti)All1
RabiesAll 1
RinderpestAll 1
Strep equi (Strangles)Equine1
Swine InfluenzaPorcine2
TuberculosisAll 1
Tularemia (Francicella tularensis)All1
Vesicular ExanthemaAll 1
Vesicular StomatitisAll 1
Viral AbortionOvine2
Viral EncephalitiesEquine1
Viral EnteritisAvian (Ducks)2
West Nile Virus *Equine1


Extensive outbreaks of other infectious diseases that seem to be progressing such as ringworm, rhino, strangles, salmonella, etc., should be reported when in the opinion of the practitioner such diseases a threat to the animal population.