Veterinary Public Health

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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Los Angeles County
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HPAI H5N1 has recently been detected in 4 wild birds found in Los Angeles (LA) County this winter. These cases are in addition to the 30 reported between October 2022 and April 2023.

The risk to the general public's health from this H5N1 virus is still low. So far there have been no reports of any mammals testing positive for HPAI H5N1 in LA County.

Learn more about HPAI H5N1 in LA County: how to prevent spread of the virus, safety measures, and how to report sick or dead birds here.

Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (aCIRD)
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  In Fall 2023, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Veterinary Public Health Program started receiving reports of dogs experiencing a sudden respiratory illness of unknown origin, similar to case reports in other states.  Learn more about Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease.
Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2 in Los Angeles County
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Did you know that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) has been spreading in deer in the USA?

Did you know that about 40% of pets get infected when their owner has COVID-19? (Although pets usually do not get very sick)

We are offering free testing of wild animals and pets for SARS-CoV-2 to monitor the virus in animals.

Learn more about free testing for SARS-CoV-2 in animals in LA County.

Did you know?

Six rabid bats have been found so far in Los Angeles County in 2024. Every year rabid bats are found here, and some of them are found indoors. Read all about rabies in LA County.


When was rabies first detected in LA County?
How many rabid animals did we have last year?
Click here to learn all about LA County rabies statistics.

Quick Tips and Rabies Educational Materials (to share with family, children and friends)

 Consejos rapidos y materiales educativos sobre la rabia (para compartir con familiares, niños y amigos)

2022 Rabies Control & Animal Disease Reporting Manual
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Rabies-related incidents and animal diseases are reportable by law to the Department of Public Health. 

Explore the 2022 Rabies Control and Animal Disease Reporting Manual for Veterinary Facilities in LA County
Pet Rescue and Disease Prevention

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  In response to natural disasters and international events, animal rescue groups based in Los Angeles County have saved hundreds of animals. When bringing rescued pets into Los Angeles County, it is possible to unintentionally bring in disease as well. Learn more about how to prevent the spread of disease when rescuing pets. 9.21.2017
Keeping Pets Safe in the Heat
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As the temperature heats up, don't forget to keep your pets cool!

Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe in the heat. 

Remember to never leave a pet alone in a parked car!
For Pet Owners


Keep the whole family healthy.

 Click here to
learn more.

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