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Analysis of data from the passive surveillance of scrapie in Great Britain between 1993 and 2002
  1. V. J. del Rio Vilas, DVM, MBA, MSc, MRCVS1,
  2. J. Guitian, DVM, PhD, DipECVPH2,
  3. D. U Pfeiffer, DrMedVet, PhD, MACVSc, DipECVPH2 and
  4. J. W. Wilesmith, BVSc, HonMFPHM, DipECVPH, MRCVS3
  1. 1 Veterinary Laboratories Agency — Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  2. 2 Epidemiology Division, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  3. 3 Animal Health and Welfare Directorate General, DEFRA, 1A Page Street, London SW1P 4PQ


Reports of clinical scrapie in Great Britain between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 2002 were reviewed. Scrapie was confirmed in 4142 sheep on 1099 holdings. The cumulative case and holding incidence risks decreased in 2001, probably owing to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, although there were regional variations. Sheep aged between three and four years old constituted the largest affected group. In the period between 1998 and 2002, 51·3 per cent of the cases had the genotype arq/vrq, 19·3 per cent were arq/arq and 18·9 per cent were vrq/vrq; Swaledale, Shetland and Welsh mountain sheep were the most common pure breeds reported. The areas at highest risk were the Shetland Islands, followed by the south and east of England.

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