- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government
is investigating another possible case of mad cow disease, the Agriculture
Department said Wednesday.
- Testing indicated the presence of the disease in a cow
that died on the farm where it lived, said John Clifford, the department's
chief veterinarian. The department would not say where the farm was. The
cow was at least 12 years old and died of complications during calving,
Dr. Clifford said.
- "It is important to note that this animal poses
no threat to the human food supply, because it did not enter the human
or animal food chains," Dr. Clifford said.
- The department is conducting further tests and is sending
a brain tissue sample to the internationally recognized laboratory in Weybridge,
England, Dr. Clifford said.
- Two other cases of mad cow disease have been confirmed
in the United States. One was confirmed last month in a Texas cow that
died in November. The other was in a Canadian-born cow discovered in December
2003 in Washington state.
- In the latest case, the cow died on the farm where it
lived, and a private veterinarian removed brain tissue for sampling, Dr.
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