2012 Scrapie Annual Report Available
January 11, 2013

The National Scrapie Eradication Program continues to make excellent progress in fiscal year (FY) 2012. Published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the report reviews the current progress of scrapie eradication in the United States. 
 
In FY 2012, the percent of cull sheep found positive at slaughter, adjusted for face color, decreased to 0.0057 percent. This measure of prevalence has decreased 96.2 percent since slaughter surveillance started in FY 2003 and 24.7 percent since FY 2011. There was also a 47-percent decrease in the number of infected and source flocks identified during FY 2012 compared to FY 2011. 
 
Other topics reviewed in this report include on-farm surveillance, total animals sampled and positive scrapie cases. 
 
The FY 2012 report is available at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/yearly_report.ppsx.