Poultry & Animal Health
The Poultry and Animal Health Section of the Delaware Department
of Agriculture is committed to protect the health of domestic
animal and avian species from the introduction and spread
of infectious and contagious diseases, including those transmissible
to the human population.
- Perform ongoing observation and surveillance for contagious diseases in all domestic animals in Delaware. Diseases for which we monitor include: Brucellosis, tuberculosis, pseudorabies, scrapie, avian influenza, Newcastle disease, and Johne’s disease.
- Respond to reports of disease or death with field investigations and contain outbreaks to preserve the health of unaffected animals.
- Promote health and safety of Delaware’s domestic animals through the Delaware Animal Response and Spay/Neuter Programs, and through cooperation with stakeholders, universities, and sister agencies.
It is the responsibility of the Poultry and Animal Health
Section to be completely familiar with the disease status of
all classes of animals -- livestock, pet, and exotic, as well
as commercial poultry and pet birds. This applies, not only
to the local situation, but also regionally and nationally as
well. If there is a serious disease in another state or section
of the country, the State Veterinarian may place severe importation
restrictions or a total embargo on the affected species in an
attempt to prevent the introduction of the disease into this
This section is charged with preventing the introduction and
spread of contagious and infectious diseases into and within
the animal and poultry population of the state. It accomplishes
this by maintaining a diagnostic laboratory of its own, as well
as cooperating with the poultry diagnostic laboratory of the
University of Delaware. Section personnel respond to reports
of actual or potential disease problems from veterinarians as
well as from livestock, poultry, and pet owners. Personnel visit
farms, dairies, livestock auctions, etc. to collect various
biological specimens for analysis and diagnosis of disease.
In most instances, the veterinarian or owner is informed of
the diagnosis, control, and/or treatment for the disease. When
certain serious, highly contagious diseases are diagnosed, however,
the State Veterinarian, through the authority given to the Secretary
of Agriculture, may quarantine or even destroy the animal, herd,
or flock to prevent the spread of that disease to other premises.
Delaware PEDv Information
Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
Johne's Disease Information
Delaware Spay/Neuter Program
Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) links
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