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From: TSS ()
Subject: Finland confirms new scrapie case atypical NOR-98
Date: April 20, 2006 at 8:23 am PST


Scrapie found in Finnish sheep

19.4.2006 at 15:15

The National Veterinary and Food Research Institute of Finland (Eela) has identified the atypical NOR-98 form of scrapie in a sheep in western Finland, it and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM) said in a statement on Wednesday.

All the sheep in the affected farm, about 200 heads, are to be culled.

NOR-98 is significantly less contagious than classic scrapie.

Unlike bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie is not believed to be able to make the leap into humans.


/STT/

© Copyright STT 2006

http://newsroom.finland.fi/stt/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=12374&group=General

Finland confirms new scrapie case


The Finnish government confirmed on Wednesday the discovery of a new scrapie case after a sheep on a farm in the west of the country was diagnosed with the brain-wasting illness similar to mad cow disease.

The sheep, which died last week, is the third scrapie case to be found so far in Finland. All 200 sheep on the affected farm have been culled, the Finnish Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said in a statement.

The National Veterinary and Food Research Institute of Finland confirmed the new case to be NOR-98 type, from which a sheep on a southern Finnish farm died last August.

Similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, scrapie is not transmittable to humans. It was first seen in Finland in a goat in 2002.

Source: Xinhua

http://english.people.com.cn/200604/20/eng20060420_259668.html

TSS




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