- Officials from the Agriculture Ministry's Veterinary
Service have come upon a possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(Mad Cow disease) in a cattle herd on a kibbutz in the Golan Heights.
- A 10-year-old cow in the kibbutz's herd contracted symptoms
resembling rabies several days ago, and then died.
- If confirmed, this would be the first case of the disease,
which is lethal to livestock, appearing in Israel.
- Brain samples have been sent to an international laboratory
for dissection and confirmation of the possibility of BSE.
- The disease has spread throughout cattle herds in Great
Britain, Europe and other locations worldwide in the last two years.