- COPENHAGEN - Denmark's Ministry
of Food and Agriculture says that for the first time since 1992, mad cow
disease has been detected in the country.
- One cow was found with the deadly brain-wasting disorder
known as mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). It
was put to death.
- The ministry says it prides itself on strict food hygiene
and veterinary control standards. It confirms there has been an outbreak
but doesn't have much information at this point.
- Denmark's only previous known case of BSE was in August
1992. One cow, imported from Britain, was found to have the disease. The
entire herd was put down and cremated immediately, according to an official
at the Danish Livestock and Meat Board.
- Denmark has about two million cattle " 700,000 of
which are cows.
- People can contract Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease "
the human form of BSE " from eating infected beef.
- Herd Destroyed After New Mad Cow Case in France
- PARIS (Reuters) - A herd of 100 cattle was destroyed
in Brittany after the discovery of the country's eighth case of mad cow
disease this year, the French agriculture ministry said on Monday.
- The discovery, in the Cotes d'Armor department of Brittany,
was the 88th in France since 1991 when the first cases of the fatal brain-wasting
illness bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) -- so-called mad cow disease
-- were clearly diagnosed, the ministry said.
- BSE has been linked to a form of the human Creutzfeld-Jakob
Disease (CJD), two cases of which have been reported in France.
- A further nine cattle born along with the infected animal
were also destroyed.
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