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Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy and scrapie

Last Modified: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:31:51 GMT
Disease name Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy and scrapie
Animal Health Law Category if applicable N/A
Species affected Bovine, Ovine
Description Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are transmissible neurological diseases caused by tiny infectious agents called prions. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal disease of adult cattle that was first recognised in Great Britain in the 1980s. It is now rare in Europe. Scrapie is a naturally occurring infectious disease of sheep and goats. It has been recognised as a clinical disorder for more than 250 years.
Status in Ireland Controlled risk status for BSE. Scrapie is present in Ireland.
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland BSE: Last atypical case in 2017. Last classical case in 2015. Scrapie: Last atypical case in 2019. Last classical case in 2018.
DAFM Division Responsible SAT Division
Contact BSE- Paul Corkery SSVI. Scrapie- Boyd Leonard VI.
Legislation http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2016/si/130/made/en/
Link to relevant external website https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02001R0999-20180730&qid=1537795616593&from=EN
Notifiable in Ireland Yes
OIE Listed Yes
OIE Link http://www.oie.int/en/animal-health-in-the-world/oie-listed-diseases-2019/
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