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Restricted Animals, Agents, Hosts, and Vectors

Monkeys and other nonhuman primates may not be imported as pets under any circumstances. Importation for permitted purposes is strictly controlled through a registration process. CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Field Operations Branch administers these regulations.
Certain animals, such as bats, insects and snails, are known to carry zoonotic diseases. Bats are known to carry rabies and histoplasmosis. Importing such animals for any reason requires permits from CDC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. CDC permits are issued by CDC's Etiologic Agent Import Program, whose guidelines and forms can be found on their website. Because bats can be infected with and transmit rabies, permits are not granted for importing bats as pets.

b). Etiological agents, hosts, or vectors of human disease, including microorganisms, insects, biological materials, tissue, certain live animals (e.g., live bats), and animal products may require a CDC permit for importation or transfer within the United States. CDC's Office of Health and Safety administers these regulations:

Certain animals pose an unacceptable risk for carrying and transmitting zoonotic disease:

Other Useful Links about importation:

  • Information on the importation of biological specimens and etiologic agents
  • HHS regulations on the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins 42CFR73.
  • USDA regulations available online, covering the possession, use and transfer of biological agents

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