Scrapie - Advisory Notes for Farmers (PB9446)

Could I definitely recognise scrapie straightaway?

In individual sheep and goats, scrapie takes a long time to develop, and in the early stages of the disease process there may be no overt clinical signs of the disease. Clinical signs usually appear months or even years after the animal has become infected. The only certain way to find out if an animal has scrapie is by doing laboratory tests on tissues taken from the animal after its death. There is no test available yet which can reliably identify infected live animals before they develop clinical signs although we are optimistic that one will become available within the next few years.

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