Information received on 04/08/2020 from Dr Malek Zrelli, Directeur Général, Direction Générale des Services Vétérinaires, Ministère de l'Agriculture, Tunis, Tunisia
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 01/09/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 16/07/2020
Report date 04/08/2020
Date submitted to OIE 04/08/2020
Date event resolved 23/10/2020
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Prion PrPSc
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (04/08/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (28/10/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Meghni, Meghni, Remada, Tataouine
Date of start of the outbreak 01/09/2019
Outbreak status Resolved (23/10/2020)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Goats 30 0 0 0 0
Sheep 60 1 1 0 0
Affected population This is a 6-year-old ewe of Barbarin breed which has been purchased, according to the farmer, since 2016 (origin unknown). It presented the following signs: change in behavior, pruritus, repetitive licking, teeth grinding and then paralysis. The clinical signs lasted 52 days before the death of the animal.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Goats 30 0 0 0 0
Sheep 60 1 1 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Goats 0.00% 0.00% - 0.00%
Sheep 1.67% 1.67% 100.00% 1.67%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments The origin of the sick animal is unknown. - Reinforcement of passive surveillance - Awareness
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National school of veterinary medicine of Sidi Thabet (National laboratory) Sheep histopathological examination 05/11/2019 Positive
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, 299, Viale Regina Elena, 00161 – Rome (Italy) (Regional Reference Laboratory) Sheep western blot 16/07/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations