| STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden
said on Wednesday there was a serious chance that two sick dairy cows found
on a farm in the northwest were the country's first cases of mad cow disease.|
Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE (news - web sites)), or mad cow disease, has wreaked havoc on farms around Europe in the past year and forced mass-slaughter of beef livestock herds.
The brain-wasting disorder, which some scientists believe may cause people who eat meat from infected animals to fall prey to a human variant, has yet to be found in Sweden.
The board of agriculture said in a statement that the farm had been sealed off and the cows slaughtered and taken to the national veterinary institute for tests, which would yield preliminary results on Thursday and final ones in two weeks.
It noted that several other maladies such as brain tumors or poisoning could cause similar symptoms to the staggering and impaired movement shown by the three-year-old cows.