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Reportable Diseases

In order to improve the protection of the animals and poultry populations from the effects of contagious diseases, all veterinarians licensed in the state of Louisiana are required by law to report to the State Veterinarian, by telephone, fax, or electronic mail within 24 hours after diagnosis or tentative diagnosis, the occurrence or suspected occurrence of contagious diseases or symptoms.

Reporting Forms

Website Links

A comprehensive list of all diseases that must be reported to the State Veterinarian (225-925-3980) and Local (parish animal control or local sheriff) officials to prevent the spread of the disease can be found at the following sites:

Rabies Information

Dr. Gary Balsamo, DVM, MPH&TM
Chair, Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission
State Public Health Veterinarian & Assistant State Epidemiologist
Office of Public Health

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
504-568-8313 (office), 800-256-2748 (emergency number)

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section
504-568-8313 (office), 800-256-2748 (emergency number)
email: Gary.Balsamo@LA.GOV

***LDAF Animal Health Advisory***

LDAF is currently monitoring 2022 Detections of Avian Influenza – Click here to learn more about 2022 HPAI Detections