- 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
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- Subject: PRO/AH/EDR BSE - Israel: OIE confirmed
- Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002
- BSE - ISRAEL: OIE CONFIRMED
- Date: 4 Jun 2002
- From: ProMED-mail <email@example.com
- 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
- 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
- -- 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
- -- Animal Health Information Department Office International
des Epizooties (OIE) <firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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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