All but six states now actively participate in the National Animal Health Reporting System (NAHRS). Only Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico and Rhode Island are non-participants. The announcement was made during the joint meeting in Minneapolis this week of the U.S. Animal Health Association and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Under NAHRS, state animal health officials report monthly on the occurrence or non-occurrence of specific diseases listed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The data provides the basis for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's annual report to OIE. It also supports trade negotiations and is useful in providing access for U.S. animal ag products in world markets.
-- Joe Roybal