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From: TSS ()
Subject: Scrapie, Israel, (Immediate notification) : 01/03/2007
Date: March 2, 2007 at 11:37 am PST

01/03/2007: Scrapie, Israel, (Immediate notification)

Vol. 20 - No. 10, 8 March, 2007


Information received on 01/03/2007 from Dr Moshe Chaimovitz, Director , Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Developement, BEIT DAGAN, Israel


Report type Immediate notification
Start date 01/01/2007
Date of confirmation of event 26/02/2007
Report date 01/03/2007
Date submitted to OIE 01/03/2007
Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 2002
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Prion
Nature of diagnosis Suspicion, Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
Report pertains to Entire country

New outbreaks Outbreak 1 Maayya, Hadera, HAIFA
Date of start of outbreak 01/01/2007
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not submitted)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Sheep 242 4 2 2

Affected population a local breed herd which contains 110 dams (free grazing), 6 males and about 125 lambs raised in a closed place. A four-year-old dam and a two-year-old dam died respectively two months ago and one month ago after showing clinical signs. Last week, two more two-year-old sheep showed similar symptoms and the farmer decided to call the authorities.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Outbreak statistics Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible removed*
Sheep 1.65% 0.83% 50.00% 1.65%
* Removed from the susceptible population either through death, destruction or slaughter

Epidemiology Source of infection Unknown or inconclusive

Epidemiological comments The farmer says that no animals were ever introduced in the herd since its establishment many years ago. No symptoms in the herd were seen before these four cases. Sheep were sold in the past only for slaughtering and not for rearing. The herd will be destroyed on 4 March 2007 with full indemnities to the owner.

Control measures Measures already applied Movement control inside the country
Vaccination permitted
No treatment of affected animals

Measures to be applied Stamping out

Diagnostic test results Laboratory name and type Kimron Veterinary Institute (National laboratory)
Tests and results Species Test Test date Result
Sheep antigen (Ag) detection ELISA 20/02/2007 Positive
Sheep immunohistochemical test 26/02/2007 Positive
Sheep western blotting 20/02/2007 Positive

Map of outbreak locations


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