As the lead state agency in responding to an outbreak of foreign animal disease in Minnesota, emergency preparedness is a priority for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The Board works with federal, state, and local government agencies, industry organizations, and livestock producers to ensure adequate preparation
An outbreak of a highly contagious animal disease in Minnesota could have public health or economic ramifications for the state or potentially the whole nation. Producers should practice biosecurity at their operation to prevent the introduction of disease. Early detection and prompt reporting are critical to a successful response. Any suspected foreign animal disease should be immediately reported.
Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Minnesota Board of Animal Health at 651-296-2942, or
U.S. Department of Agriculture at 651-290-3691.
After hours (24 hour emergency answering service)
Minnesota Duty Officer at 1-800-422-0798, or
contact your district veterinarian.
The primary goal is to successfully eradicate the disease as quickly as possible. In addition, each situation will have unique concerns such as:
- humane slaughter of infected and exposed animals,
- environmentally sound disposal of carcasses and other infected products,
- use of environmentally safe disinfectants,
- timely dissemination of pertinent public information, and
- fair economic treatment of owners of infected or exposed herds.
Learning from any emergency situation is vital to improve the long-term safety and viability of animal agriculture in Minnesota. Increased awareness and protection of the animal industry will not only benefit Minnesota, but also neighboring states and the country.