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. Previously, Long Beach had no method of detecting outbreaks in the animal population. This information is important to human health as well, as many communicable diseases among animals can be transmitted to humans. The introduction of the VDRS allowed veterinarians to report outbreaks and unusual cases to the Health Department for the first time. A total of 11 facilities participated in the reporting system throughout the year, and the data presented here comes from VDRS submissions and from diagnostic veterinary labs. Now that the first year of reporting is complete, we can establish a baseline prevalence of communicable diseases in Long Beach animals and monitor for increases in prevalence that could prompt heightened disease control efforts. Veterinary communicable diseases play an important role in the community’s health, both because of the ability for 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
- Outbreak or Antibiotic Resistance or Other Disease
- Syndromic Report
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