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April 1, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As of April 1st, 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will no longer respond to suspect cases of anaplasmosis or conduct surveillance to determine the prevalence of the disease in Canada. Anaplasmosis does not pose any risk to food safety or human health.

Anaplasmosis is expected to be removed from the list of federally reportable diseases and placed on the list of immediately notifiable diseases.

In accordance with the international standards governing trade, the CFIA will no longer require animals and animal products to be free of anaplasmosis. This change is expected to have minimal impact on international market opportunities for Canadian producers.

The CFIA will continue to annually report confirmed anaplasmosis cases to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Canadian laboratories will still be required to report anaplasmosis cases to the CFIA. However, animals with anaplasmosis will no longer be ordered destroyed.

Anaplasmosis can be spread by ticks, biting flies, or through contaminated instruments such as hypodermic syringes and dehorning equipment. Producers can protect their animals and their industry by practicing farm-level biosecurity and by contacting their veterinarian if they suspect their herd may be infected.

The CFIA will continue to collaborate with the provinces, territories, livestock groups and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association as these changes are implemented.

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