BSE Ongoing Monthly Surveillance Program

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): Ongoing Surveillance Program

Current Monthly Test Results

APHIS reports ongoing surveillance test totals monthly.

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016, the BSE ongoing surveillance program will sample approximately 25,000 animals each year. Under the program, USDA will continue to collect samples from a variety of sites and from the cattle populations where the disease is most likely to be detected

Month Number of Tests
October 2016 985
November 2016 2,316
December 2016 1,987
January 2017 1,789
February 2017 2,365
March 2017
2,794
April 2017
1,046
May 2017 947
June 2017 1,842
July 2017 2,308
August 2017 3,057
September 2017 1,706

Fiscal Year 2007-2016 Test Results

For Fiscal Years 2007-2015, the BSE ongoing surveillance program had a target of testing approximately 40,000 animals per year.

OIE Surveillance Points: design prevalence of 1 case per 100,000 U.S. adult cattle and 95% confidence; 300,000 OIE points over 7 years, or 42,857 OIE points on average per year are required.

BSurvE Surveillance Points: design prevalence of 1 case per 1,000,000 U.S. adult cattle and 95% confidence; 3,000,000 points over 7 years, or 428,571 BSurvE points on average per year are required.

Samples Tested, OIE Points, and BSurvE Points by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year

Number of Valid Tests
OIE Points

BSurvE Points

FY 2016 26,564 547,959 1,314,579
FY 2015
40,902 592,353
1,414,630
FY 2014
41,291
678,622
1,642,452
FY 2013
43,173
1,048,554
2,505,042
FY 2012
42,202
1,066,637
2,523,447
FY 2011
40,482
997,360
2,344,436
FY 2010
44,301
948,593
2,233,643
FY 2009
44,217
1,036,849
2,442,400
FY 2008
43,145
1,121,624
2,677,665
FY 2007*
43,336
1,487,215
3,621,117

* FY2007 - first complete year of BSE Ongoing Surveillance

 
BSE Ongoing Surveillance Program Cumulative Totals

  • Valid Tests From September 1, 2006 to September 26, 2017: 432,755
  • OIE Points From September 1, 2006 to September 26, 2017: 10,081,384
  • BSurvE Points From September 1, 2006 to September 26, 2017: 24,051,089


(see "BSE Ongoing Surveillance Plan" for information on OIE and BSurvE points)

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