From: TSS ()
Subject: Mad cow disease strikes in Gran Canaria
Date: June 5, 2006 at 6:54 pm PST
Mad cow disease strikes in Gran Canaria
The second ever case of mad cow disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) in the islands in a three year period was reported mid-May. A regional government official described it as “an isolated case” and said preventative measures had been put in place immediately.
The affected animal, a 6-year-old cow, died on the Gran Canaria farm where it had been raised. The authorities said there was no chance of the incident signifying the outbreak of an epidemic.
“The disease has a very long incubation period,” said Sr Martín León, director general of livestock.
“This animal must have consumed prion-in-fected feed some five years ago and has only displayed symptoms of the illness now. These foodstuffs were withdrawn from the market in 2001,” he said.
Other cows on the premises have been quarantined as a precaution. Seven cows in the same herd have since been destroyed. Sr Martín was careful to point out that that did not mean that they too had been infected. The measure was purely preventative, he repeated.
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