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Calls To Review Goat Scrapie Surveillance

25 September 2014

UK – The Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said results from 2012 scrapie surveillance show a review is due on how the disease is monitored in goats.

This is the response to two new goat holdings being confirmed with the condition in 2012 as revealed in the Compulsory Scrapie Flocks Scheme, the Abattoir Survey and Fallen Stock records for the year.

Defra suggested that reintroducing random adult goat testing, stopped in 2007, would, “allow a reliable estimation of the burden of disease in the goat population.”

Further benefits would include “help to detect new infected herds” with heightened surveillance and movement restriction to follow.

Great Britain still has had no atypical scrapie cases in goats, the 2012 reports said.

Elsewhere there were 20 cases, Defra added: “All cases came from the three holdings under restrictions, showing that the existing and new infected holdings are heavily infected.”

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