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1471: Environmental reservoirs of prion diseases

This paper is taken from an overview by Ben Maddison of recent TSE research undertaken by the ADAS Biotechnology Group.

Year of Publication2012

BSE infected carcases buried both during the BSE epidemic and later during the 2001 FMD outbreak may be reservoirs of infectivity. Scrapie is likely to be disseminated by multiple routes including via parturient material, milk, skin, urine and blood. Scrapie prions were retained close to the surface of soils for at least 18 months. For the successful management of scrapie, attention should focus on the effective decontamination of farm buildings and if practical, areas of pasture on farms where there have been cases of this disease,

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