Disease Control

Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this area. You can find more information and publications relating to this area on the main Department website here.

 It is critically important that Ireland maintain a good record on animal disease. You can help by using the information and services offered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The most important diseases that affect Ireland are explained in detail on our main Department website here. In the case of an alert, details of the disease and measures to restrict it will be published here in conjunction with the main website.

List of Notifiable Diseases

The Diseases of Animals Act, 1966 provides the basic legislation for the control and eradication of animal diseases. The following diseases, if suspected or confirmed, must be notified to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in accordance with the Act or the Bovine TB and Brucellosis orders.


Anthrax, Bluetongue, Brucellosis in ruminating animals and swine, Campylobacteriosis, Caseous Lymphadenitis, Contagious Agalactia, Foot and Mouth Disease, Johne's Disease, Peste des Petits Ruminants, Pulmonary Adenomatosis, Rabies, Rift Valley Fever, Salmonellosis (caused by or involving Salmonella Enteriditis or Salmonella Typhimurium, Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (other than BSE/Scrapie), Tuberculosis in ruminating animals.


Bovine Brucellosis, Bovine Tuberculosis, Bovine Leukosis, BSE, Cattle Plague (Rinderpest), Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, Lumpy Skin Disease, Warble Fly.


African Swine Fever, Aujeszky's Disease, Classical Swine Fever, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea, Porcine Corona Virus, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Swine Influenza, Swine Vesicular Disease, Porcine Enterovirus Encephalomyelitis (Teschen Disease), Transmissible Gastroenteritis, Vesicular Stomatitis.


Enzootic Abortion of Ewes, Maedi Visna, Scrapie, Sheep Pox, Sheep Scab.


Arizona Disease, Avian Influenza (Low Pathogenic and Highly Pathogenic) Fowl Pest (other than Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease), Infectious Laryngo-Tracheitis, Mycoplasmosis (caused by or involving Mycoplasma Gallisepticum, Mycoplasma Meleagridis or Mycoplamsa Synovia), Newcastle disease, Psittacosis, Salmonella gallinarum and pullorum, Turkey Rhinotracheitis, diseases caused by or involving Yersinia spp.

Horses and other equines

African Horse Sickness, Contagious Equine Metritis, Dourine, Epizootic Lymphangitis, Equine Infectious Anaemia, Equine Viral Arteritis, Glanders (farcy), Equine Encephalomyelitis, Hendra virus, Piroplasmosis, Surra, West Nile Virus.


Caprine Viral Arthritis-Encephalitis, Goat Pox.


Epizootic Haemorrhagic Disease.


Small Hive Beetle, Tropilaelaps Mite, American Foul Brood Disease, European Foul Brood Disease


Badger Vaccination Programme (pdf 781Kb)   

Further information and documents can be found on the Department’s main website here.