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What veterinary practitioners should know about scrapie

Marie S. Bulgin DVM, MBA, DACVM1 and Sharon Sorensen Melson MS2
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  • 1 Department of Animal and Veterinary Science, Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, University of Idaho, Caldwell, ID 83607.
  • | 2 Department of Animal and Veterinary Science, Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, University of Idaho, Caldwell, ID 83607.

Many practitioners do not have time to keep up with new information pertaining to TSEs and, particularly with BSE, learn much of what they know from newscasts and newspapers, which can be dubious sources of information. Reliable peer-reviewed information is available in numerous scientific journals, but most are not readily available to practitioners. Scrapie is the longest known and most widely spread disease among the TSEs and remains the model for much research regarding these diseases. Scrapie affects animals in the United States and is a reportable disease and the subject of an active eradication program. However, to the authors'

Contributor Notes

Supported in part by a Hatch research fund from Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Idaho (BGH145), Moscow, ID 83844, and subcontracts of the Department of Defense (contract No. DAMD17-03-1-0746); the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health (contract No. N01-NS-0-2327); and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Intitutes of Health. The latter 3 subcontracts were provided through the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation Incorporated, 151-A, 10 N Greene St, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Address correspondence to Dr. Bulgin.