Division of Animal Health

Alerts

Equine Infectious Anemia reported in southwest Kansas

In August 2017, the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health was notified that a Finney County horse tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The facility is under quarantine and all the exposed horses were tested, with five additional positive EIA horses. Since EIA is not curable, the affected horses will be euthanized  The remaining horses at the facility will be observed and retested in 60 days. The disease is most commonly spread by biting flies and ticks. EIA does not affect people, but it can be spread to horses, mules, and donkeys. More facts on EIAhttp://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/equine_infectious_anemia.pdf.

Follow-up surveillance is underway, and all horses within the prescribed surveillance area are being identified and Coggins tested for EIA. Animal Health officials are identifying owners of horses who have been on the positive premises in the past 60 days.

Initial news release 8-18-17
Update news release 8-22-17

West Nile Virus reported in Kansas horse

In August 2017, The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health was notified by the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory that a horse in Reno County tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  The horse was euthanized due the severity of the illness. This is the first reported equine case of WNV in Kansas in 2017. Horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate their horses to prevent the spread of WNV. Learn more about WNV in horses from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine

News release 8-18-17

Atypical BSE in Alabama cow

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year-old cow in Alabama. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States. For more information, read the full USDA-APHIS statement

History and Mission

History

Through consolidation of the Livestock Sanitary Commission and the State Brand Commission in 1969, the Kansas Division of Animal Health (DAH) was created. Currently there are three programs that make up the DAH, Disease Control, Animal Facilities Inspections and Brands, all of which work to ensure the health and welfare of Kansas livestock and domestic animals. The DAH works in conjunction with two essential boards: the Animal Health Board and the Pet Animal Advisory board. In 2011 the DAH joined with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and in 2014 relocated to Manhattan, Kan.

Mission

  • To ensure the public health, safety and welfare of Kansas' citizens through prevention, control and eradication of infectious and contagious diseases and conditions affecting the health of livestock and domestic animals in the State of Kansas.
  • To regulate facilities that produce, sell or harbor companion animals and enforce the laws governing such facilities.
  • To direct an effective brand registration and inspection program to identify ownership of lost or stolen livestock.
  • To inform the public of the status of livestock health in the state to promote understanding and gain public assistance in achieving this mission.

New content and features

Be sure and check out our new website content!

New Deer Sampling Video!

Hunters can help ensure the safety of the meat they harvest and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer by collecting samples from field-harvested deer and sending these samples to be tested for the disease. The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has created two videos explaining how to remove the brain stem and lymph nodes for CWD testing; one video is for hunters, and a more detailed video is for veterinarians.

Click here to view the basic video.
Veterinarians can click here to view a more detailed video.

New Biosecurity Resources!

Biosecurity Resources provides information for feedyard managers and consulting veterinarians. Additionally, fact sheets for exhibition livestock regarding biosecure practices are available.

Click here for more information.


New Brands Program Resources!

You can now apply for brands, renew existing brands and search for currently active or available brands.

Do you have a brand that has been in your family for a long period of time? Look into requesting a "Historic Brand Application" to hold the original application in your hands.

Click here for more information on the brands program resources.

Animal Health in the News

Kansas to Exercise Foreign Animal Disease Response

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will lead an emergency preparedness exercise, Afterburn, Dec. 19–22, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan., to practice the state’s response plan to a foreign animal disease event. The four-day functional exercise, which will be based out of KDA headquarters in Manhattan, Kan., will enable KDA and its partners in other state agencies, federal and local government, industry, university and six other states to practice the state’s foreign animal disease response plan.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will lead an emergency preparedness exercise, Afterburn, Dec. 19–22, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan., to practice the state’s response plan to a foreign animal disease event.

The four-day functional exercise, which will be based out of KDA headquarters in Manhattan, Kan., will enable KDA and its partners in other state agencies, federal and local government, industry, university and six other states to practice the state’s foreign animal disease response plan. More than 200 individuals will participate in the Afterburn exercise, which will be based on the confirmation of foot-and-mouth disease in the United States.

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey said KDA is committed to protecting animal health to the best of its ability and notes that regularly exercising emergency response plans benefits not only KDA but all partners to understand roles and responsibilities in a response, and to identify potential gaps in the plans.

“Agriculture is the largest industry and economic driver in Kansas. Responding to a foreign animal disease like FMD will require cooperation among state, local and federal government, private industry, universities and more to stop the spread of the disease and enable the industry to get back to business as quickly as possible,” said Secretary McClaskey. “We are grateful to have so many partners join us for this exercise and all efforts to serve and protect Kansas agriculture.”

In 2012, the KDA Division of Animal Health developed a five-year strategic plan designed to improve its ability to respond to animal disease emergencies. Last year’s Invisible Fire exercise was KDA’s first four-day interactive exercise, and as a result KDA determined that larger, more complex exercises result in significant improvement in the animal disease response plan, so the agency plans to hold multi-day exercises at least on a biennial basis. The 2016 Afterburn exercise will build upon plans and procedures that have been developed and revised since previous exercises and actual emergency events.

In addition to KDA, which will operate as the Incident Command Post for the exercise, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and Haskell, Sherman and Thomas counties will activate emergency operations centers as part of the Afterburn exercise.

Foot-and-mouth disease was last identified in the United States in 1929. FMD is a highly contagious disease of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved animals. It is not a human food safety concern nor a public health threat. It is a primary concern for animal health officials because it could have potentially devastating economic consequences due to disrupted trade and lost investor confidence.

The exercise has been funded with a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Media wishing to monitor the exercise should contact KDA director of communications Heather Lansdowne at Heather.Lansdowne@ks.gov or (785) 564-6706 for more information.

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Who:  Kansas Department of Agriculture

What:  Afterburn Emergency Preparedness Exercise

When:  December 19-22, 2016

Where:  Kansas Department of Agriculture, 1320 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, Kansas