- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday a
more advanced test showed an animal that tested "inconclusive"
for mad cow disease during the weekend was positive for the illness.
- The tests showed the animal was from
a heard in an Alabama farm and was nonambulatory.
- "We received a positive result from
a Western Blot Confirmatory test conducted at our USDA laboratories in
Ames, Iowa, on samples from an animal that had tested inconclusive on a
rapid screening test performed on Friday, March 10," said John Clifford,
chief veterinary officer of the U.S. Agriculture Department's Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service.
- USDA said on Saturday a brain sample
from a suspect animal yielded an "inconclusive" result in a less-accurate,
rapid screening test.