Long Beach Public Health Veterinary Disease Reporting System (VDRS)
The Veterinary Disease Reporting System (VDRS) was officially launched on January 16, 2018, to begin moving towards a One Health model in Long Beach. The concept of One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The VDRS is the first official surveillance system for detecting outbreaks and unusual cases among animal populations in Long Beach, and a critical component to public health as many animal communicable diseases can be transmitted to humans.
A total of 11 facilities participated in the reporting system throughout its first year in 2018. The data presented here comes from VDRS submissions and from veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Data from the first year of reporting establishes a baseline prevalence of communicable diseases among animals in Long Beach and allows the Health Department to monitor for any increases in prevalence that could prompt heightened disease control efforts.
Veterinary communicable diseases play an important role in the community’s health, both due to the possibility for these diseases to transmit from animals to humans, and because companion animals play an important role in residents’ lives.
List of Reportable Diseases in VDRS
- Canine Leptospirosis
- Canine Influenza (or influenza in a cat)
- Canine Parvovirus
- Feline Panleukopenia
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
- Outbreak or Antibiotic Resistance or Other Disease
- Syndromic Report
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