Susceptibility of Mink to Sheep Scrapie

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Science  21 May 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3985, pp. 859-861
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3985.859


A progressive, fatal spongiform polioencephalopathy was induced in mink intracerebrally inoculated with a suspension of brain from a Suffolk sheep with naturally acquired scrapie. The clinical signs and pathological lesions of the experimental disease were indistinguishable from transmissible mink encephalopathy, a disease of undetermined origin that occurs in mink.