“Over two dozen sheep that vanished from a scrapie-quarantined eastern Ontario farm for about two months have all tested negative for the brain-wasting disease.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Thursday confirmed it had recovered, euthanized and tested 26 of the 31 adult sheep that went missing in early April from Linda Montana Jones’ quarantined farm at Hastings, Ont., east of Peterborough.
A CFIA spokesperson confirmed by email last week that 11 lambs born to those sheep during their absence were also found to be susceptible to scrapie and were euthanized for further scrapie testing. Results of those tests were not released Thursday.
The agency said Thursday that the missing animals were found on a farm in Grey County, roughly 325 km west of Jones’ farm.
Scrapie quarantines “will remain in place on both farms while the investigation continues,” CFIA said, adding “efforts to trace the remaining five sheep continue.”
The agency said the negative test results “are consistent with the CFIA’s experience with scrapie in Canada.”
A typical infected flock or herd sees an infection rate anywhere between three and 30 per cent, the agency said, noting two sheep from the Hastings-area farm had previously tested positive for scrapie…”