April 19, 2013
The monthly report for the National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) - March 2013 - has been posted to www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/monthly_scrapie_rpt.pdf.
Published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the report reviews the current progress of scrapie eradication in the United States. March highlights include:
At the end of FY 2012, the percent of cull sheep found positive at slaughter and adjusted for face color was 0.006 percent. This measure of prevalence has decreased by 96 percent since slaughter surveillance started in FY 2003. As of March 31, 2013, this measure of prevalence remained consistent.
As of March 31, two source flocks and one infected flock have been designated in FY 2013.
Also announced this week, the NSEP has determined that radio frequency identification device (RFID) implants that do not conform to International Organization for Standardization standards may continue to be used in goats for official identification until March 11, 2014.
For further information about this decision, and for RFID requirements that come into force after March 11, 2015, review the "Addendum to the Goat Identification, Visual and Electronic Power Point Regarding Electronic Implantable Devices" available at http://eradicatescrapie.org/Educational%20Resources/ID%20Requirements%20for%20Sheep%20&%20Goats.html.