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Subject: SCRAPIE IN HUNGARY in an imported animal Emergency report
Date: January 14, 2005 at 2:50 pm PST

in an imported animal

Emergency report

Information received on 14 January 2005 from Dr Tibor Bálint, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Budapest:

Report date: 13 January 2005.

Scrapie was confirmed in a sheep originating from Romania. This sheep aged more than five years was imported into Hungary for immediate slaughter in December 2004.

The animal was sampled within the framework of the National Monitoring Programme for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy. The sample was examined at the Central Veterinary Institute, Budapest, by rapid test on 16 December 2004 and the results were positive. Therefore, on 17 December the test was repeated on samples from the obex and the cerebellum. The results were positive in both cases. After the positive rapid test, all parts of the animal in question (including the hide) were disposed of as specified risk material. On 21 December, the State Veterinary Service of Romania was informed of the positive rapid test.

On 12 January 2005, scrapie was confirmed on the basis of the positive results of the confirmatory tests (histopathology and immunocytochemistry) carried out at the Central Veterinary Institute. The State Veterinary Service of Romania and the European Commission were also informed of the confirmation of scrapie.

The Central Veterinary Institute will send a sample to the European Union Reference Laboratory for further investigations.

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