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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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Animal Disease Reporting

Reporting sick or dead birds for potential testing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI H5N1) - as of 1/23/2024

  • Sick or recently deceased waterfowl, shorebirds and medium or large birds are the best types of birds to test for HPAI.

  • Report the bird to your local animal control agency. They might be able to collect and hold it for HPAI testing.

  • Please also notify Public Health about the bird. Complete this reporting form and email to or visit this public online reporting portal. Let us know if you were able to contact Animal Control.


Rabid Animals: Veterinarians: To report a potentially rabid animal, click here.

Infectious diseases in animals are legally reportable in Los Angeles County.  Animal disease reports are essential for identifying outbreaks, disease trends, and new diseases.  This information is used to educate veterinarians, physicians, and others to help protect the health of animals and people.

Which Animal Diseases to Report?

  1. Rabid Animals - animals suspected of having rabies
  2. Dead birds (see information about testing birds for HPAI H5N1 at top of page)
  3. Outbreaks - Many animals becoming ill around the same time and place
  4. Animals/Humans sick with same symptoms, same location
  5. Animal diseases not native to area or unusual animal diseases
  6. Any disease on the Los Angeles County Animal Disease Priority List, 2024    

How to Report? 

Three ways:

  1. Call our office at (213) 288-7060 and ask to speak to the Veterinarian-On-Duty or email us at                     
  2. Download and complete the online disease report form (PDF) then email or fax it in ( or 213-481-2375).
    Animal Disease and Bite Report Forms page
  3. Online reporting (for members of the public only)
    You will be asked to fill out a form on a secure website. You will be prompted by your computer to accept a security alert when you access the form. Click Yes to proceed. Online Public Reporting Portal


Last updated: February 24, 2024

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