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Case of Scrapie in North Iceland
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Date: 2019-06-24
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A case of scrapie has been confirmed at a farm in Skagafjoerour. Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease, which affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats.
A case of scrapie has been confirmed at a farm in Skagafjoerour. Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease, which affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats. This is the fourth confirmed case of scrapie in Northwest Iceland since February of 2015. That year, no case had been reported since 2010. Mast, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, is currently collecting data and preparing a course of action. 

Last week, the farmer of Brautarholt in Skagafjoerour suspected a case of scrapie and contacted the district’s veterinarian. The sheep was slaughtered and a specimen sent to the University of Iceland’s Institute for Experimental Pathology at Keldur, which confirmed that the animal had been affected with scrapie. Cases of the disease have come up on eleven farms in Skagafjoerour in the past two decades. Sheep had to be slaughtered at the farm Brautarholt in 1987, due to scrapie. The farm currently has 290 sheep.
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