About the Authors

Sandor Dudas

Affiliation Canadian and OIE Reference Laboratories for BSE, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Lethbridge Laboratory, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Jianmin Yang

Affiliations Canadian and OIE Reference Laboratories for BSE, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Lethbridge Laboratory, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, College of Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Catherine Graham

Affiliation Canadian and OIE Reference Laboratories for BSE, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Lethbridge Laboratory, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Markus Czub

Affiliation Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tim A. McAllister

Affiliation Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Michael B. Coulthart

Affiliation Canadian Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance System, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Stefanie Czub

stefanie.czub@inspection.gc.ca

Affiliation Canadian and OIE Reference Laboratories for BSE, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Lethbridge Laboratory, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SD JY MBC SC. Performed the experiments: SD JY. Analyzed the data: SD JY CG MC TAM MBC SC. Wrote the paper: SD JY MBC SC.