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Request for Public Comment: Animal Health - 2018 Pseudorabies Rule Review

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments regarding the rules found in Chapter 901:1-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The rules in this package have been reviewed pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Revised Code and are being proposed as follows. The comment period will remain open through July 27, 2018. Comments may be emailed to eComments@agri.ohio.gov or mailed to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

The rules in this package regulate the disease known as Pseudorabies which is designated under section 901:1-21-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as dangerously contagious and infectious. Pursuant to authority in section 941.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Director of Agriculture has authority to use all proper means in the prevention and eradication of infectious and contagious diseases which pose a threat to public health or animal health. 

These rules are presented as no change rules. The federal government has proposed new rules regarding pseudorabies however; these rules have been in draft form for over two years. The rules in this Chapter are up for five year rule review. Once amended by the federal government, these rules will be re-reviewed. More specifically the rules in the chapter are as follows:

901:1-11-01 outlines the purpose of this chapter and the requirement that any test for pseudorabies be reported to the department within seven days on a form approved by the department.

901:1-11-02 sets out the definitions as used in the chapter.

901:1-11-03 prohibits the removal, alteration, or defacing of any identification applied to any animal being tested ore examined for pseudorabies.

901:1-11-04 outlines requirements for the importation, possession, and use of any pseudorabies vaccine or biologic. Further, no person shall manufacture any pseudorabies vaccine unless authorized by a U.S. biologics license. 

901:1-11-05 states that the department may quarantine any animals or premises where pseudorabies is known to exist or which there is good reason to suspect the presence of pseudorabies. The rule also outlines the terms for the release of quarantine. 

901:1-11-06 sets the procedure for designating a herd of swine as pseudorabies free. 

901:1-11-07 outlines the intrastate movement requirements for animals within certain pseudorabies areas.

901:1-11-08 states that the Department shall quarantine exposed herds and require testing of the animals within the herd. 

901:1-11-09 outlines the mandatory eradication requirements of herds found to be infected with pseudorabies.