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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) National Scrapie Surveillance Program

Scrapie is a reportable disease under the federal Health of Animals Act, and a control program exists to prevent its spread. As scrapie is a reportable disease, any suspect scrapie case must be reported to a CFIA veterinarian immediately. Canadian veterinarians and livestock producers have been alerted to the symptoms/ signs of scrapie. When an animal is identified with scrapie, all the animals that were exposed to the same birthing environment and are deemed at risk to developing the disease are ordered destroyed. Producers are compensated for the loss of their animals. The maximum amount of compensation paid for sheep ordered destroyed under the Health of Animals Act is $825 for non-registered animals and $1200 for registered animals. The maximum amount of compensation paid for goats ordered destroyed under the Health of Animals Act is $600 for non-registered animals and $1000 for registered animals. Sheep or goats that are known to be infected with scrapie are humanely destroyed, and their carcasses are burned or buried under CFIA supervision. Owners are further compensated for their disposal costs.

 

Ewe and her offspring
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Scrapie Information & Facts

SCRAPIE DISEASE CONTROL TIPS

If a district veterinarian is unclear of the application of the national scrapie program in a specific circumstance they are to contact one of the following individuals for program clarification or technical support:

 

• the veterinary program network specialist responsible for domestic disease control programs in their province/area

• the program network TSE specialist for their area

• the senior staff veterinarian responsible for the National Scrapie Program

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