Animal Disease

Date published: 12 June 2019 14:17

The UK has dealt with a number of animal diseases in recent years including outbreaks of Bluetongue, Foot & Mouth, Bovine TB, and Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).

Vigilance and good stockmanship for all kept animals, including those kept as pets are vital in the fight against animal disease. Monitoring animals for signs of disease, and following good farming and biosecurity practices are essential ways of reducing the risk of disease and preventing the spread of disease during an outbreak.

A number of animal diseases are classed as 'notifiable'. This means that any suspected cases have to be reported to the local office of the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA). For more information on which diseases are 'notifiable' please visit the Defra Website.

Key facts and figures

  • There have been over 14 exotic disease outbreaks in the last 10 years including foot and mouth disease, bird flu and bluetongue.
  • The costs of disease outbreaks range from £2 million (minor) to over £3 billion (major outbreak).