Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scrapie Update

The monthly report for the National Scrapie Eradication Program has been posted. Published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), the report reviews the current progress of scrapie eradication in the United States.

At the end of fiscal year (FY) 2012, the percent of cull sheep found positive at slaughter (and adjusted for face color) was 0.006 percent. This measure of prevalence decreased by 90 percent since the slaughter surveillance began in FY 2003. As of July 31, 2013, this measure of prevalence is 0.0151 percent.

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Seven source flocks (including two goat herds) and three infected flocks have been designated in FY 2013 as of July 31, 2013.

The goal of the National Scrapie Eradication Program is to identify the last remaining case of classical scrapie by 2017.

July 2013 Report

Source:  ASI Weekly News, 08.23.13

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