Iceland: Scrapie Identified in Sheep in Iceland
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Scrapie (a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats) was confirmed in a sheep on the Stóru-Akrar farm (home to 800 sheep) in Skagafjörður, Iceland. Subsequently, the disease was identified on three additional farms: Syðri-Hofdalir and Grænamýri in Blönduhlíð and Hof in Hjaltadal. The government is currently assessing the disease’s prevalence but anticipates a significant number of animals will need to be culled.