Sunday, April 29, 2012

Scrapie confirmed at quarantined sheep farm Canada CFIA

Scrapie confirmed at quarantined sheep farm

April 27, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of scrapie in a quarantined sheep flock in Eastern Ontario. The disease was confirmed in a sheep that recently died on the farm.

Scrapie is a fatal disease that affects sheep and goats. While there is no human health risk associated with scrapie, it has serious impacts on sheep and the CFIA aims to eradicate it from Canada. Canada’s approach to confirmed or suspected cases of scrapie is based on internationally accepted science and seeks to minimize disruptions to producers.

The farm was placed under quarantine because a sheep that originated from the farm had previously tested positive for scrapie. In early April, 31 sheep were removed from the farm in violation of the quarantine order. The Ontario Provincial Police is leading the investigation into the missing sheep.

The missing sheep pose a serious risk for scrapie and could spread the disease to other sheep and goats. Any premises that receive them will be subject to a quarantine and further regulatory action.

Quarantine breaches put the livestock industry and the economy at risk. Any person who breaches a quarantine may be subject to criminal prosecution under the Health of Animals Act.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

20120402 - Breach of quarantine/Violation de la mise en quarantaine of an ongoing Scrapie investigation

Increased Atypical Scrapie Detections

Press reports indicate that increased surveillance is catching what otherwise would have been unreported findings of atypical scrapie in sheep. In 2009, five new cases have been reported in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. With the exception of Quebec, all cases have been diagnosed as being the atypical form found in older animals. Canada encourages producers to join its voluntary surveillance program in order to gain scrapie-free status. The World Animal Health will not classify Canada as scrapie-free until no new cases are reported for seven years. The Canadian Sheep Federation is calling on the government to fund a wider surveillance program in order to establish the level of prevalence prior to setting an eradication date. Besides long-term testing, industry is calling for a compensation program for farmers who report unusual deaths in their flocks.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Atypical Scrapie NOR-98 confirmed Alberta Canada sheep January 2012

Monday, November 30, 2009


Wednesday, February 16, 2011




Sunday, April 18, 2010


Monday, April 25, 2011

Experimental Oral Transmission of Atypical Scrapie to Sheep

Volume 17, Number 5-May 2011

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Selection of Distinct Strain Phenotypes in Mice Infected by Ovine Natural Scrapie Isolates Similar to CH1641 Experimental Scrapie

Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology:

February 2012 - Volume 71 - Issue 2 - p 140–147

IN 5 years, atypical Nor-98 Scrapie has spread from coast to coast in the USA. ...TSS

Thursday, March 29, 2012

atypical Nor-98 Scrapie has spread from coast to coast in the USA 2012

NIAA Annual Conference April 11-14, 2011San Antonio, Texas

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Update from USDA Regarding a Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States WASHINGTON bulletin at 04/26/2012 10:11 PM EDT

Monday, April 23, 2012



Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

P.O. Box 42

Bacliff, Texas USA 77518


1 comment:

  1. My main goal in this ongoing Shropshire saga has been for Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz to implement a Heritage Breed Exemption to the current Scrapie Protocol, which would protect and conserve the genetic diversity of all rare heritage breeds in Canada, not just the Shropshires.

    Still no evidence that the original positive found on an Alberta farm was a sheep that originated on my farm. CFIA's DNA lab report (which I have not seen despite requests) has only proven that two offspring born on the Alberta farm were out of a sheep there. But for the sake of (no) argument, let's say it was indeed the same sheep that originated on my farm. Experts agree that that sheep 24S could have contracted the disease after it left my farm, which has a history of no scrapie nor symptoms for the entire 12 years since my flocks existence.

    I believe in controlling scrapie, however I also believe in preserving rare heritage genetics. I've been open to co-operating with Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to discover if scrapie does indeed lie somewhere within my flock, but with a considered approach in view of it's rare breed status. I even proposed sacrificing more than half my beloved flock towards finding out . They refused. Perhaps had CFIA and I worked together, the sheep might not have been taken by Farmers' Peace Corps {} .

    CFIA now claims that a different sheep just tested positive on my farm. Numerous facts suggest that test result could be a 'mistake', for the following reasons:

    1) There were no scrapie symptoms in the alleged positive the day before it died, when the CFIA veterinarian heading the case confirmed it was likely ill due to pregnancy toxemia.
    2) The alleged positive was over 6 years old. Scrapie commonly affects sheep between 2 and 3 years old, rarely after 5 years old. {}
    3) Scrapie is generally transmitted from an infected scrapie positive mother to it's offspring via birthing fluids. Yet the 13-year old pregnant mother of the alleged positive was healthy (until CFIA killed her). She tested negative for scrapie. { }
    4) The alleged positive was not one of CFIA's specified high risk genetic cohorts, it was a VRQ/ARQ.
    5) CFIA and Jones are engaged in judicial review currently before the courts. CFIA needed a positive to counter that review, and did not have one prior to their alleged positive.
    6) A false government document certified that some of Jones' sheep were "contaminated by scrapie", 20 days BEFORE the samples were even shipped to the testing lab.{}
    7) CFIA refuses blind third-party testing. Why not have the DNA and obex brain tissue speak for themselves?

    This issue is about shining a bright light on all questionable, intransigent government tactics and draconian protocol, especially those that are devastating Canada's dwindling heritage breeds.

    ~ from the shepherd