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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Canine Influenza Outbreak in the Midwest of the USA - 2015
Springer Spaniel

A large outbreak (over 1000 dogs) of canine influenza (dog flu) has been reported in the Chicago area and Midwest US.

This outbreak is caused by canine influenza virus H3N2, which, until now had not been detected in the US. Canine influenza H3N2 has been circulating in southern China and South Korea since 2006.

To date, the outbreak in the US has been located primarily in Chicago and parts of the Midwest. One case in Orange County was reported by one of the laboratories testing dogs for this new strain of influenza. To read more click here.

There have been no reports of cases of canine influenza H3N2 reported in Los Angeles County. 5.26.15


So far in 2015, nine rabid bats have been found. Learn more. 5.20.15

In 2014, 41 rabid bats were found in Los Angeles County. Several were found in the Santa Clarita area. A rabid skunk was also found in this summer in the jurisdiction of the Long Beach Department of Public Health. It was the first rabid skunk detected in our county since 1979. Learn more  2.20.15

When was rabies first detected in Los Angeles County?
How many rabid animals did we have last year?

Click here to learn all about rabies statistics.


Pets and Ebola

At this time, there have been no reports of illness in dogs or cats, even in the areas in Africa where Ebola is present.


There are no reports of dogs or cats spreading the virus to people or other animals.


Read our Pets and Ebola Factsheet.  English Espanol


2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Report

The 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Initiative (HPHF) is a
One Health local initiative focusing on areas where human and pet health intersect in order to improve both.


Do you know how keeping your pet healthy can keep your family and community healthy?  


The HPHF Coalition Report (2.32 MB) provides a picture of local animal health, our goals for the year 2020 and suggested strategies to improve the health of people and pets in our county. 2.11.14  


Learn more and join our efforts. Together we can make a difference!



For Los Angeles County Veterinarians
The 2013 Veterinary Public Health Manual for
Veterinary Practices in Los Angeles County  

This manual is for veterinarians practicing in Los Angeles County. When it comes to protecting both human and animal health, veterinary practices are the eyes and ears of our community.  Click on image at right (7.8 MB). 9.17.13 



Help us learn about pet health in Los Angeles County
Take our two surveys

 Parks Survey
Pet Health and Safety Quiz 

West Nile Virus - Dead Bird and Tree Squirrel Testing

In 2013 total of 304 dead birds and three tree squirrels tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in our county. Learn more here 10.10.13

West Nile Virus testing of animals in Los Angeles County has been reduced as of August 2013. Please report dead birds to the State of California's West Nile Virus program at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). Watch this video to learn more about dead bird reporting.   

For Pet Owners


Keep the whole family healthy.

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learn more.

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