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From: TSS ()
Subject: Estonia finds first case of mad cow disease (suspect by rapid test)
Date: April 24, 2006 at 1:57 pm PST

Estonia finds first case of mad cow disease
24 Apr 2006 20:06:31 GMT

Source: Reuters


TALLINN, April 24 (Reuters) - Estonian authorities have detected mad cow disease in a dead 11-year-old cow after a routine test at a slaughterhouse, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

If confirmed, it would be the country's first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a disease that destroys the brains of cattle.

"The rapid test needs to be confirmed with a positive test for BSE and the results from that test will be out on Wednesday," Ago Partel, Director of the Veterinary and Food Authority, told Reuters.

The cow was from a farm in Jogevamaa county, southeastern Estonia, the Agriculture Ministry Press office said.

BSE was discovered in Britain in 1986 and devastated the country's beef industry. Individual cases of BSE have recently been found in cows in Japan, Canada and the United States.

More than 160 people have died from the human form of the disease, variant Creuzfeldt-Jakob Disease, believed to be contracted by eating meat from infected cattle.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24276481.htm

MAP

http://www.alertnet.org/map/index.htm?ct=2&code=EE&pcode=53089_1

Final report

on the updated assessment

of the

Geographical BSE-Risk

(GBR) of

ESTONIA - 2003

snip

5. CONCLUSION ON THE GEOGRAPHICAL BSE-RISK

5.1 The current GBR as function of the past stability and challenge

§ The current geographical BSE-risk (GBR) level is III, i.e. it is likely but not

confirmed that domestic cattle are (clinically or pre-clinically) infected with the

BSE-agent.

snip...

http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out346_en.pdf

http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out335_en.pdf

2001

http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out195_en.pdf

TSS




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