Zoonotic Disease Rules and Guidelines

Animals - General Measures

Vendor requirements when selling reptiles, amphibians, and poultry chicks. Minimum turtle carapace length that can be sold. Anthrax prevention and restrictions on selling animals associated with a disease outbreak.

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Animals in Public Settings

Petting zoo, county fair, and other public animal exhibit requirements for animal venue operators and animal exhibitors.

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Child Care and Animals

Child care center and family home child care requirements regarding pets and animals.

State Rules


Dead Animal Disposal

Owner responsibilities and methods for disposing of dead animals.

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Importation of Animals

Inspection, testing, and quarantine requirements, and importation restrictions for certain animals.

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Mosquito Control

Local mosquito control district formation, district laws, and the Department of Health's role in mosquito control.

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Psittacosis

Vendor requirements involving parrots and other psittacine birds. Local health officer's role in investigating and controlling the transmission of disease. Restrictions on bringing psittacine birds into the state that may have avian chlamydiosis.

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Rabies

Dog, cat, and ferret rabies vaccination requirements. Animal exhibitor requirements. Importation and movement restrictions for certain mammals. Local health officer authority when dealing with rabid or suspected rabid animals.

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Reporting Disease

Animal disease reporting to WSDA. Reporting responsibilities of health care providers, health care facilities, and veterinarians to local or state public health agencies.

State Rules

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Schools

School health and safety guide which includes recommendations and some requirements under existing rules or laws.

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  • Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools in Washington State (PDF) - See "Animals in Schools" section. Currently under review for updating. Contact us for a copy.


Content Source: Zoonotic Disease Program