Notifiable diseases in Northern Ireland

A notifiable disease is any disease that is required by law to be reported to government authorities. The collation of information allows the authorities to monitor the disease, and provides early warning of possible outbreaks.

List of notifiable diseases in Northern Ireland

The following table summarises the notifiable diseases recorded in Northern Ireland, which species are affected by the disease and the last known occurrence of the disease.

Disease Species affected NI last occurrence
African Horse Sickness Horses Never
African Swine Fever Pigs Never
Anthrax Cattle and other mammals 1990
Arizona Disease Poultry Never
Aujeszky's Disease Pigs and other mammals 2009
Avian Infectious Laryngo-Tracheitis Poultry Present
Avian Influenza - High Pathogenic Avian Influenza Poultry Present
Avian Influenza - Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Poultry 1998
Bluetongue Ruminants Never
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Cattle 2012
Bovine Tuberculosis
(Mycobacterium Bovis)
Cattle and many other species Present
Brucellosis (Brucella Melitensis) Sheep and goats Never
Brucellosis (Brucella Suis) Pigs Never
Brucellosis (Brucella Abortus) Cattle 2012
Brucellosis (Brucella Canis) Dogs Never
Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)  Goats 2020
Caseous Lymphadentitis Sheep and goats Present
Classical Swine Fever Pigs 1958
Contagious Agalactia All Never
Contagious Epididymitis (Brucells Ovis) Sheep and goats Never
Contagious Equine Metritis Horses 1984
Contagious Pleuro-pneumonia Cattle 1893
Dourine Horses Never
Duck Plague (Herpes Virus Entritis)(Infection) Poultry Never
Duck Septicaemia (Anatipester) Poultry Present
Duck Viral Hepatitis Poultry Never
Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL) Cattle Never
Epizootic Haemorrhagic Disease All Never
Epizootic Lymphangitis Horses Never
Equine Infectious Anaemis Horses 2006
Equine Viral Encephalomyelitis Horses Never
Equine Viral Arteritis Horses 1995
Foot and Mouth Disease Cattle, sheep, pigs and other ruminating animals 2001
Fowl Pox Poultry 1964
Glanders Horses 1910
Goat Pox Goats 1850
Goose Hepatitis Geese Never
Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) Cattle Present
Influenza A Infection Birds, horses and pigs Present
Jaagsiekte Complex Sheep and goats Present
Johne's Disease
Cattle, sheep and goats Present
Lumpy Skin Disease All Never
Maedi-Visna Sheep Present
Newcastle Disease Poultry 1997
Ornithosis (inc. Psittacosis) Poultry 2005
Paramyxovirus Infection in pigeons Pigeons Present
Peste Des Petites Ruminants (aka sheep and goat plague) Sheeps and goats Never
Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (Blue Eared Pig Disease) Pigs Present
Porcine Respiratory Corona Virus Pigs Present
Q Fever (Coxiella Brunetti) Cattle, sheep and goats Unknown
Rabies Dogs and other mammals 1923
Rift Valley Fever All Never
Rinderpest (Cattle Plague) All 1900
Salmonellosis Poultry Present
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Cats, dogs, mustelinae Never
Scrapie Sheep and goats Present
Sheep Pox Sheep 1850
Sheep Scab Sheep Present
Swine Vesicular Disease Pigs Never
Teschen Disease (Porcine Enterovirus Encephalomyelitis) Pigs Never
Transmissible Gastro-Entreritis Pigs Never
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Numerous, eg bovinem ovine, caprine, feline, ervine and deer Present
Trichinosis Pigs 1979
Vesicular Exanthema Pigs (very rarely horses) Never
Vesicular Stomatitis All Never
Warble Fly Infestation Cattle (deer and horses) 1996


Disease Free Status Table (Northern Ireland 2022)

The following table summarises the disease free status for terrestrial animals and aquatic animals recorded in Northern Ireland pursuant to Article 38 of Regulation (EU) 2016/429.

Disease Free Status Table (Northern Ireland 2022)

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