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Ruminant Health
Transmission of classical scrapie via goat milk
  1. Timm Konold1,
  2. Hugh A. Simmons1,
  3. Paul R. Webb1,
  4. Peter J. Bellerby1,
  5. Steve A. C. Hawkins1 and
  6. Lorenzo González2
  1. 1AHVLA – Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  2. 2– Lasswade, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  1. e-mail: timm.konold{at}

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FOLLOWING reports that ovine scrapie (referred to here and subsequently as classical scrapie) can be transmitted from dams to lambs via milk (Konold and others 2008, Ligios and others 2011), we subsequently carried out a study to investigate whether caprine scrapie could also be transmitted via milk, using material collected from a field outbreak of scrapie in goats in the UK (González and others 2009). Lambs were selected as milk recipients from a closed flock of known scrapie-free status (Simmons and others 2009) because an assured scrapie-free source of goats was not available.

Due to the lack of published information about the susceptibility of sheep to caprine scrapie, a pilot study was conducted to determine whether sheep were susceptible to …

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