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Volume 17, Number 1—January 2011

Research

Molecular Typing of Protease-Resistant Prion Protein in Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies of Small Ruminants, France, 2002–2009

Johann Vulin, Anne-Gaëlle Biacabe, Géraldine Cazeau, Didier Calavas, and Thierry BaronComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliation: Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire, Lyon, France

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Results of TSE diagnostic tests and molecular characterization for sheep and goats, France, 2002–2009*

Year
Species
No. animals tested by rapid tests
Confirmed TSE cases
Nor98-like isolates
Molecular characterization
Not analyzed
Not defined
Scrapie
BSE-like
2002
Ovine 68,580 153 15 0 16 122 0
Caprine
27,087
14
1
0
3
9
1
2003
Ovine 63,207 117 28 0 7 81 1
Caprine
23,161
10
2
0
2
6
0
2004
Ovine 24,639 58 7 3 0 48 0
Caprine
5,730
3
0
0
0
3
0
2005†
Ovine 34,290 74 9 19 1 44 1
Caprine
148,338
16
4
2
1
9
0
2006‡
Ovine 492,023 382 182 1 6 190 3
Caprine
165,606
10
1
0
1
8
0
2007§
Ovine 327,894 264 173 1 4 86 0
Caprine
183,498
7
4
0
2
1
0
2008¶
Ovine 86,269 71 45 0 0 26 0
Caprine
79.966
12
8
0
0
3
1
2009
Ovine 55,163 34 22 0 1 11 0
Caprine
52,248
6
3
0
0
3
0
Total Ovine 1,152,065 1,153 481 24 35 608 5
Caprine 685,634 78 23 2 9 42 2

*TSE, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy; BSE, bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
†January 2005, beginning of exhaustive testing of goats in abattoir and rendering plant.
‡First quarter 2006, beginning of exhaustive testing of sheep in abattoir and rendering plant.
§January 2007, end of exhaustive testing of sheep in abattoir.
¶February 2008, end of exhaustive testing of goats in abattoir and sheep in rendering plant.

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