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Reportable Animal Diseases

Listed animal diseases must be reported to the State Veterinarian when detected or suspected in Massachusetts animals.

The diseases listed below must be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Division of Animal Health when detected or suspected in animals that are living in or have been recently imported into Massachusetts. The Division should also be notified if there has been exposure to animals that have recently been exported from Massachusetts. Practitioners should also report outbreaks of other diseases that seem to be progressing and which pose a threat to the animal population (ringworm, rhinopneumonitis, salmonella, etc.).

Fill out the online Massachusetts Reportable Animal Disease form

March 3, 2022: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in wild birds in Massachusetts. Please see the Poultry Program page  for more information.

REPORT SICK OR DEAD BIRDS

Sick or dead domestic birds (chickens, turkeys, gamebirds, domestic ducks, etc.) should be reported to Department of Agricultural Resources Division of Animal Health at 617-626-1795 or through this online reporting form.

Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Department of Fish and Game Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) at 508-389-6300 or or Mass.Wildlife@mass.gov. 

Please provide as much of this information as possible at the time of reporting

  1. What disease is being reported and in what species?
  2. Veterinarian’s name and preferred contact information
  3. Owner/caretaker name, address, phone number, and/or email
  4. Physical address of the animal(s)
  5. When was the animal obtained? If recently obtained, what was the source (provide contact information for rescue, breeder, farm, market, etc.)?

Reporting Priority

  1. Report immediately by telephone to State Veterinarian; confirm in writing or via email.
    • Diseases marked with an asterisk (*) must also be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800 within 24 hours of suspicion or diagnosis.
  2. Report by telephone or via email within 24 hours.
  3. Report by telephone, in writing, or email within 72 hours.

Reporting Other Animal Diseases

Animal practitioners should report excessive outbreaks of other diseases (ringworm, rhinopneumonitis, salmonella, etc.) that seem to be progressing and which pose a threat to the animal population. In addition to the diseases listed below, animal practitioners should also report diseases on the National List of Reportable Animal Diseases.

MA Reportable Animal Disease List

Reportable Animal Diseases List

Disease

Species Affected

Priority

Actinomycosis

Bovine

2

African Swine Fever

Porcine

1

Anaplasmosis

Bovine

1

Anthrax *

All Species

1

Avian Influenza

Avian

1

Babesiasis (Piroplasmosis)

All Species

1

Blackleg

Bovine

2

Bluetongue

Bovine/ Ovine/ Camelids

1

Botulism (Clostridium botulinum)

All Species

1

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

Bovine

1

Bovine Viral Diarrhea

Bovine

1

Brucellosis

All Species

2

Canine Distemper

All Species

2

Canine Influenza

Canine

1

Canine Parvovirus

All Species

2

Chronic Wasting Disease

Cervid

1

Contagious Ecthyma

Ovine

3

Contagious Equine Metritis

Equine

1

Eastern Equine Encephalitis *

Equine

1

Encephalomyelitis (All)

Equine/Avian

1

Equine Enteric Coronavirus (ECoV)

Equine

2

Equine Herpes Virus – 1 (all strains)

Equine

1

Equine Infectious Anemia

Equine

1

Equine Viral Arteritis

Equine

2

Erysipelas

Porcine

2

Feline Calicivirus

Feline

2

Feline Panleukopenia

Feline

2

Foot and Mouth Disease

All Species

1

Fowl Plague (Cholera)

Avian

2

Glanders

Equine

1

Hog Cholera (Classical Swine Fever)

Porcine

1

Infectious Laryngotracheitis

Avian

3

Leptospirosis

All Species

3

Listeriosis

Bovine/Ovine

2

Mange, All Types

Ovine

2

Sarcoptic, Psoroptic Mange

Bovine

2

Sarcoptic Mange

Porcine

2

Newcastle Disease including VVND

Avian

1

Paratuberculosis (Johnes)

Bovine

2

Plague (Yersinia pestis) *

All Species

1

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)

Porcine

1

Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV)

Porcine

1

Potomac Fever

Equine

2

Pseudorabies

All Species

1

Psittacosis

Pet Birds

2

Pullorum

Avian

2

Q Fever (Coxiella burnetti)

All Species

1

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

Rabbit

1

Rabies*

All Species

1

Rinderpest

All Species

1

SARS-CoV2

All Species

1

Scrapie

Caprine/Ovine

1

Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease
(PEDv and PDCoV)

Porcine

1

Strep equi (Strangles)

Equine

1

Swine Influenza

Porcine

2

Tuberculosis

All Species

1

Tularemia (Francicella tularensis)

All Species

1

Vesicular Exanthema

All Species

1

Vesicular Stomatitis

All Species

1

Viral Abortion

Ovine

2

Viral Encephalities

Equine

1

Viral Enteritis

Avian (Ducks)

2

West Nile Virus *

Equine

1

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