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Animal Health

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration is responsible for the prevention and control of animal diseases in Denmark. Diseases in animals are controlled due to concerns about animal welfare, to prevent infections of humans and animals due to food safety and trade interests.

​​The Danish livestock population is free of a large number of OIE-listed diseases; many of the listed diseases have never occurred in Denmark, and other listed diseases have not occurred in Denmark for many years.

Denmark has several pathogen-specific surveillance programmes aimed at demonstrating the absence of diseases that usually cause insignificant clinical symptoms, or at determining the occurrence, prevalence or distribution of diseases or infections. To give an example, Denmark has had an official disease surveillance programme comprising all fish farms in the country since 1970.

Denmark is recognized as officially free of Aujeszky's disease, bovine brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, Brucella melitensis, enzootic bovine leukosis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) and viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS).

For decades, Denmark has experienced no outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, sylvatic rabies or infection with trichinellosis. Brucellosis has not been detected in Danish pig herds since 1999.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has not occurred in Denmark since 2009. Denmark is recogniz​ed by the OIE as a country having a 'negligible BSE risk'.

Classical scrapie has never been reported in Denmark. Atypical scrapie was last diagnosed in Denmark in 2011.

African swine fever has never been reported in Denmark, and classical swine fever has not been reported in Denmark since 1933.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has not been reported in Denmark since 2006. In July and August 2016, low pathogenic avian influenza of respectively subtype H7N7 and H5N2 was detected in two holdings with mallard offspring for restocking.


Annual Report: Animal Health in Denmark
In the Annual Report on Animal Health in Denmark, the developments each year in the field of animal health in Denmark are reviewed. The focus is on OIE-listed diseases and the animal diseases that are notifiable in Denmark. The Annual Report also provides statistical information and an overview of surveillance that may be useful for reference purposes.

Read the annual reports on animal health in Denmark:

Animal Health in Denmark, 2015
Animal Health in Denmark, 2014
Animal Health in Denmark, 2013
Animal Health in Denmark, 2012
Animal Health in Denmark, 2011
Animal Health in Denmark, 2010
Animal Health in Denmark, 2009
Animal Health in Denmark, 2008
Animal Health in Denmark, 2007
Animal Health in Denmark, 2006
Animal Health in Denmark, 1999-2005