Reportable Animal Diseases
Based upon state and federal laws, it is mandated that certain diseases be reported to the proper authorities. The list of reportable diseases in Georgia and the authority for the Commissioner of Agriculture to declare other animal diseases to be reportable is referenced in Georgia statute O.C.G.A. 4-4-6. A poster showing all diseases currently reportable in can be seen here (legal size print pdf file 128KB). Willfully introducing an animal disease and/or neglecting to notify officials of a disease are both crimes punishable in a court of law.
Who is required to report?
Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, lab technicians, wildlife biologists, and animal owners are required to report. Depending upon the disease or syndrome, reporting is required whether a clinical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, or just a reasonable suspicion of a disease is present. To report a disease, or for any questions about whether a disease should be reported, contact the Offices of the State Veterinarian at (404) 656- 3667 or 1-800-282-5852 ext. 3667 or the U.S.D.A. Area Veterinarian in Charge at (770) 922-7860.