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Contacts for notifiable disease in deer

Notifiable disease in deer

If you suspect a notifiable disease you must tell the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately – failure to do this is an offence. 

APHA has one helpline number which covers the whole of England which is 0300 020 0301 

Email contacts are:

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England - South East: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The general email address for less urgent enquiries is:

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In Scotland or Wales you should contact your local APHA Field Services Office. 

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We advise Deer Managers to identify and store the relevant numbers in their telephones in case they should be required.  APHA vets will investigate – they usually visit your premises and carry out an enquiry or may ask you to collect and submit tissue samples.

Further details on the work of the APHA, including information on the identification of some diseases, can be found via the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/animal-and-plant-health-agency

We also recommend having a copy of the handy Field Guide to Diseases and Conditions of Wild Deer in the UK which is available from the British Deer Society.

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The latest revision of the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland Wild Game Guide can be found using the link below.

http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/multimedia/pdfs/guidance/wild-game-guide.pdf

 

Notifiable diseases are animal diseases that you’re legally obliged to report to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), even if you only suspect that an animal may be affected.
Notifiable diseases can be:
• endemic – already present in the UK, such as bovine TB
• exotic – not normally present in the UK, such as foot and mouth disease or Anthrax
Some endemic and exotic diseases are zoonotic which means they can pass between animals and humans, such as rabies.