Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian: Surveillance

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    BSE Surveillance
  • The Canada and Alberta BSE Surveillance Program (CABSESP)
    Purpose: To help Canada meet its required BSE testing level as set by CFIA, to demonstrate the progressing reduction of BSE in our cattle herd, therefore demonstrating the safety of Canadian meat and to promote the acceptability of beef from Canada in international markets through an increase in submissions of eligible Alberta animals for BSE testing.
  • Overview of the Canada and Alberta BSE Surveillance Program
    The CABSESP is executed through a network of certified veterinarians licensed in Alberta, who visit the farm on the producer's request, examine the animals to determine its eligibility, perform a clinical examination on live animals, a postmortem on dead cases (with the exceptions described previously), and determine the eligibility of the animal for the program. If eligible, the brainstem is collected and delivered, together with the appropriate information to the laboratory.
  • Which Cattle are Eligible Under the CABSESP?
    Eligible cattle are bovines over 30 months of age which fall into one of the following categories: 1) neurologicals, 2) downers, 3) dead, 4) diseased or 5) distressed. Cattle eligibility must be determined by a certified veterinarian. If a producer suspects he/she has a qualifying animal, they should contact their closest certified veterinarian.

    BSE surveillance is a tool used to measure the effectiveness of the actions put in place to control BSE. By doing ongoing BSE surveillance we can demonstrate the reduction of this disease in our province's cattle herd. By participating in BSE surveillance you will help maintain continuous access to domestic and international markets for our cattle and beef products.
    Check out our video and other communications materials on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
    CWD Surveillance
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance
    The Alberta Mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance Program requires CWD testing of all cervids one year of age and older that die from any cause. This program was instituted in 2002 at the request of Alberta's farmed cervid industry and is maintained by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. CWD surveillance in Alberta is primarily used by individual producers and marketers to provide confidence that the herds of origin are unlikely to be infected with CWD.

  • Alberta CWD farmed cervid surveillance
    This page provides information and links to resources about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Alberta farmed cervids. What is CWD? Do we have CWD in Canada? A summary of Alberta’s CWD Test Results in Farmed Cervids is available in this page.

    Ticks Surveillance
  • Surveillance of ticks on animals in Alberta
    Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services conduct a surveillance program for ticks. The program monitors the type of ticks that attach to companion animals, livestock and humans, and also those found in the environment. Albertans are encouraged to submit ticks they find on themselves and their animals to help government monitor the types of ticks found in the province.

    West Nile Surveillance
  • West Nile Virus (WNV) in horses surveillance
    Horses are incidental hosts and the level of WNV in their blood is very low for a short period of time. Mosquitoes feeding on infected horses are not likely to become infected. There is no scientific evidence to indicate that WNV can be transmitted directly from horses to other species, including humans. Detection of exposure to WNV in most horses is restricted to a blood test that identifies antibodies to WNV. disease.
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This information published to the web on April 12, 2017.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 15, 2018.