Zoonotic diseases, Federally reportable diseases

Zoonotic diseases

All suspected reportable or immediately notifiable diseases are reported to the CFIA, OMAFRA, and OMH, as appropriate. Specimens are forwarded to CFIA for confirmatory testing, if applicable.

Various comments will appear on lab reports that identify the presence of zoonotic agents or diseases e.g.:

“This agent/disease can pose a threat to public health.  We suggest that you advise the animal’s owner of potential human health dangers.  If concerned, your client should consult their physician.”

Federally reportable diseases

Under Sections 5(1) and (2) of the Health of Animals Act, any owner or veterinarian in Canada shall immediately report to the nearest Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office any suspicion of the existence of reportable disease, namely:

Terrestrial animals Finfish
African horse sickness Lumpy skin disease  
African swine fever Newcastle disease Ceratomyxosis (Ceratomyxa shasta)
Anthrax Notifiable avian influenza Epizootic hematopoietic necrosis
Bluetongue Peste des petits ruminants Infectious hematopoietic necrosis
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Pseudorabies Infectious pancreatic necrosis
Bovine tuberculosis Pullorum disease Infectious salmon anaemia
Brucellosis Rabies Koi herpesvirus disease
Chronic wasting disease Rift Valley fever Spring viremia of carp
Classical swine fever Rinderpest Viral hemorrhagic septicaemia
Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia Scrapie Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)
Contagious equine metritis Sheep and goat pox White sturgeon iridoviral disease
Cysticercosis Swine vesicular disease  
Equine infectious anemia  Trichinellosis  
Equine piroplasmosis Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis  
Foot-and-mouth disease  Vesicular stomatitis  
Fowl typhoid    


This list is posted at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/eng/1303768471142/1303768544412 and http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/aquatic-animals/diseases/reportable/eng/1322940971192/1322941111904   

Consult your telephone book "gray pages", Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to locate the nearest CFIA district office.

Veterinarians who suspect that animals are affected with any foreign animal disease, such as FMD, must report their suspicions to a CFIA district veterinarian where phone numbers are listed at:


Through this number, you may also report animal transport incidents, dangerous goods emergency calls, transport spills, leaks, and suspected agrobioterrorism.