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From: TSS ()
Subject: French bull tests positive for mad cow disease
Date: February 7, 2006 at 8:53 am PST

AFX News Limited
French bull tests positive for mad cow disease
02.07.2006, 11:41 AM

GUERET, France (AFX) - A bull in central France has tested positive for mad cow disease, local veterinary authorities said.

The Charolais, from a large herd in the central Creuse department, was slaughtered and steps were taken to track down 70 of its offspring.

The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered during a routine veterinary check on animals more than 30 months old.

The number of French cases of BSE has been falling steadily, from a peak of 239 in 2002 to 31 last year.

France has recorded a total of 15 cases of the human form of the disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), since it first appeared in 1996 -- compared with more than 150 cases in the UK.

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