(a) The director of the department of health shall cooperate with the department of
environmental management and shall make available to the department of environmental
management such testing and laboratory facilities and such technical personnel as
are within the jurisdiction of the department of health as directed by the environmental
(b) Whenever there arises an emergency, condition, or threat to the public health
as a result of a disease in the animal population under the jurisdiction of the director
of environmental management by virtue of the provisions of title 4 or § 21-2-22, the director of environmental management shall immediately notify the director of
health. The director of health shall, upon notification of the emergency condition or threat
to the public health, assign an agent to work with the director of environmental management
until such time as the emergency or threat has been removed.
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