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A paired case-control study of risk factors for scrapie in Irish sheep flocks.
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PMID:  15325763     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We did a case-control study of the association of several animal, flock and management factors with scrapie in Irish sheep flocks. The characteristics of 61 sheep flocks with at least one laboratory-confirmed case of scrapie (1990-1998) were compared to 61 flocks with no history of scrapie and matched by geographical location and attending veterinary surgeon. The 61 scrapie-affected flocks were from the database of known scrapie flocks in the Republic of Ireland at the start of the study. In conditional multiple logistic regression, factors associated with increased odds of scrapie in a sheep flock were (i) larger breeding-flock size, (ii) purchasing replacement sheep through the market, (iii) spreading sheep compost on the land and (iv) disposing of the placenta in the compost. Factors associated with decreased odds of scrapie were (i) using cattle slurry on the land and (ii) feeding proprietary concentrates to lambs.
Anne M Healy; Deirdre Hannon; Kenton L Morgan; Edwin Weavers; J Dan Collins; Michael L Doherty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive veterinary medicine     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0167-5877     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev. Vet. Med.     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-24     Completed Date:  2004-10-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8217463     Medline TA:  Prev Vet Med     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry
Case-Control Studies
Ireland / epidemiology
Risk Factors
Scrapie / epidemiology*,  etiology

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