APHIS Posts May 2014 Scrapie Report
Jully 18, 2014

The May 2014 report for the National Scrapie Eradication Program has been posted to www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/monthly_scrapie_report.pdf. 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.

Eight source flocks (including two goat herds) and three infected flocks were designated in fiscal year 2013. As of May 31, 2014, two source flocks and three infected flocks have been designated in fiscal year 2014. At the end of fiscal year 2013, the percentage of cull sheep found positive at slaughter and adjusted for face color was 0.015 percent. This measure of prevalence has decreased by 90 percent since slaughter surveillance started in fiscal year 2003.

Before the United States may be declared "scrapie free," remaining cases must be found. Sheep and goats that are slaughtered outside the commercial slaughter facilities are being missed in the routine scrapie slaughter surveillance. Submission of samples from sheep/goats over 18 months of age found dead or euthanized on farms is critically important. Without these submissions, scrapie-infected animals will go undetected, costing the sheep and goat industries anywhere from $10 million to $20 million annually. To learn more about submitting samples, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/gen_submission.shtml.