Animal HealthDiseasesScrapie


Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats. It is among a number of diseases classified as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). Infected animals may display skin irritation, behavioral changes, posture and gait changes, and/or weight loss. The disease eventually results in death.


Incidence in United States

The presence of scrapie in the United States prevents the export of breeding stock, semen, and embryos to many other countries.

The National Center for Animal Health Programs Eradication and Surveillance Team keeps statistics on Scrapie infection throughout the United States. For the latest infection rates click on the link below.


Incidence in Montana

The first laboratory confirmed case of scrapie in Montana was found in 2000 in a 3 ½ year old ram located on a small farm in southwestern Montana. A second case was found in 2001, and a third case in 2002. As of May 31, 2004 - Montana had 1 confirmed case of Scrapie in FY 2004.


Additional information on the disease, including the scrapie free flock certification program, can be found on the USDA APHIS website.

Scrapie tags may be obtained from MT USDA APHIS Veterinary Services: 406-449-2220.

ReportScrapie is a reportable disease. Report any confirmed or suspected case to: MT State Veterinarian 406-444-2043 and MT USDA APHIS Veterinary Services 406-449-2220.

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Department of Livestock
Animal Health Bureau
PO Box 202001
Helena, MT 59620-2001
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