Scrapie is a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of sheep and goats. It is what is known as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). Other TSEs include bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk, and Creutzfelt-Jakob disease in humans.
National Scrapie Eradication Program
The goal of Canada's National Scrapie Eradication Program is to eradicate classical scrapie from the national sheep flock and goat herd. This protects the health of the national sheep flock and goat herd, and maintains confidence in Canada's sheep and goat industries locally and around the world.
The National Scrapie Eradication Program consists of an internationally recognized and science based approach that includes i) a surveillance program aimed at identifying as many scrapie infected flocks or herds in Canada as possible, ii) implementing scrapie disease control actions on farms where scrapie is identified, and iii) providing support to a Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program.
What information is available?
- Contribute to scrapie surveillance
- Join the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program
- Report if you suspect scrapie
- Understand what to expect if scrapie has been detected on your farm
- Unlawful removal of sheep from a federally quarantined premises
- 2012-12-05 - Criminal charges laid Following breach of federal quarantine
- 2012-06-21 - CFIA completes testing of recovered sheep
- 2012-06-08 - Canadian Food Inspection Agency locates missing sheep
- 2012-04-27 - Scrapie confirmed at quarantined sheep farm
- 2012-04-02 - Breach of quarantine during animal disease investigation
- Canada's scrapie control measures critical to animal health and economic sustainability of livestock industry
- Flocks infected with scrapie in Canada 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 (Library and Archives Canada), 2009 (Library and Archives Canada)
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