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June 8, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has located some of the 31 sheep that were illegally removed from a quarantined farm in Eastern Ontario on April 2, 2012.

The sheep were found on a private farm and pose a serious risk for scrapie, a fatal neurological disease of sheep and goats. The CFIA has quarantined the farm and will be taking further disease control measures in accordance with international animal health guidelines,

Due to the ongoing Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation, further details are not being released at this time.

Because scrapie can spread among sheep and goats and often shows no signs in infected animals, all susceptible, exposed animals are humanely euthanized. This approach ensures the disease is not allowed to spread within the national flock.

While there is no human health risk associated with scrapie, it has serious impacts on sheep and goat production and trade, and the CFIA, with the full support of the livestock industry, aims to eradicate it from Canada.

For information on the police investigation, contact the Northumberland OPP Detachment (613-475-1313).

For more information on scrapie:

  • call 1-800-442-2342
  • visit www.inspection.gc.ca

Media enquiries:

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
Phil Clarke
Northumberland OPP
Community Service/Media Relations Officer
613-475-1313 (detachment)
705-632-8834 (cell)

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