December 5, 2008
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is calling on sheep and goat producers to help eliminate scrapie from Canada.
Scrapie was first diagnosed in Canada in 1938 and became a reportable disease in 1945. There is currently no scientific evidence that scrapie can affect humans.
Under the national scrapie surveillance program, producers should report all sheep and goats aged 12 months and older that die on their farm or exhibit unexplained weight loss, problems standing or walking or other changes in behavior. The eradication of scrapie depends on the participation of all sheep and goat producers across the country.
Reprinted in part from Canadian Food Inspection Agency