Mad Cow Now Confirmed In Israel
From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Jeff - BSE is now confirmed. I am concerned about the rapidity of onset of symptoms followed by death. Thus far, no one has addressed the difference between the Israeli infection and earlier cases elsewhere.
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Subject: PRO/AH/EDR BSE - Israel: OIE confirmed
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002
Date: 4 Jun 2002
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Source: Animal Health Information Department,
Office International des Epizooties (OIE)
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy now in Israel
Emergency message: disease never reported before.
Information received on 4 June 2002 from Dr Oded Nir, Director of Veterinary and Animal Health Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Beit Dagan:
Report date: 4 Jun 2002.
On 28 May 2002, the preliminary rapid test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) showed a positive result for a cow. The test was repeated on 29 May 2002 and followed by the immunohistochemical test. Both the rapid test and the immunohistochemical test showed positive results.
The sample in question was sent to the OIE Reference Laboratories for BSE in Bern (Switzerland). A positive confirmation was received on 4 Jun 2002.
Affected animal and structure of the farm of origin:
-- An Israeli Holstein born on 19 Sep 1992, which had shown clinical central nervous system signs for 2 days before, died.
-- The establishment is a Kibbutz herd that keeps 1300 dairy heifers and cows and is situated in the Golan Heights. The affected cow had been bought as a 2-year-old heifer from another farm situated in the Jordan Valley.
Measures taken: -- An immediate ban had been placed on both herds.
-- The affected cow had 3 living cohort mates in the herd of origin. The cow had 2 living offspring. All those 5 animals are under restriction and will be destroyed.
Further details will be published in the next issue of Weekly Disease Information, available on line as from Fri 7 June 2002 afternoon (GMT).
-- Animal Health Information Department Office International des Epizooties (OIE) <
Israel is the second non-European country reporting BSE in endemic cattle, following Japan, which reported its first case in September 2001. The old age of the affected animal -- almost 10 years -- and the rapid clinical course, differ from data on most BSE cases in the UK and other countries, where typical cases are said to have a protracted clinical course, extending usually over a period of weeks or months, and most cases were reported in animals 4-5 years of age. - Mod.AS
[See also:
BSE - Israel: suspected 20020603.4388
BSE - Japan 20020511.4172
BSE - Japan (02) 20020515.4210
BSE - Japan (03): source 20020518.4253]
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