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Date: Tuesday, 26 December
From: Patricia Doyle, PhD <
Source: UPI [edited]
Just a week before European countries impose new tests for mad cow disease, France reported yet another case of the bovine ailment that has sparked panic across the continent. The latest sighting was reported in Aquitaine, a region in France that had previously been untouched by the scare.
France has reported more than 200 cases since January -- more than triple the previous year's cases. Those figures pale when compared to Britain's 180 000 cases. Last Friday, French prosecutors began investigations into whether to pursue a case charging France, Britain and the EU for spreading the brain-wasting human variant, known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. _____
Date: 25 Dec 2000
From: ProMED-mail <
Source: CNN [edited]
The United Arab Emirates imposed a 3-month ban on imports of cows and water buffaloes from Pakistan on Monday to prevent the spread of diseases, the official WAM news agency reported.
It quoted a UAE Agricultural Ministry statement as saying the decision was a "precautionary measure to safeguard against diseases." The agency did not give the value of purchases of Pakistani cattle by the UAE, which imports a large portion of its own food and is a major regional re-export hub. The UAE and the other Gulf Arab oil states have banned livestock and beef imports from a number of European and African countries in the past few months because of concerns over mad cow disease and other illnesses. _____
Date: 24 December 2000
From: ProMED-mail <
Source: CNN Online [edited]
Another case of suspected mad cow disease has been found in Germany -- raising the total to 4 suspected cases on top of 5 confirmed incidents of the brain-wasting illness. The Agriculture Ministry in the central state of Lower Saxony said a cow slaughtered near the town of Osnabrueck on Saturday was believed to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The cow was born in 1996. It was slaughtered on Saturday because it appeared to be ill. Police sealed off the farm. The cow had given birth on Wednesday but the calf did not appear to be ill. Germany had insisted until last month that it was immune to BSE. The German health ministry has advised Germans against consuming meat products that might contain beef.
And the latest discovery comes after the Netherlands and Belgium joined Austria by issuing warnings over German beef. The Dutch Health Ministry has advised the public not to eat German meat for the time being and local media in Belgium has reported that the government ordered the withdrawal of all German beef from shops.
Meanwhile, Germany has rejected a charge that it hampered efforts to address the spread of the disease with confusing policies and poor excuses. European Union Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper that Germany had made the EU's work "not any easier by trying, as usual, to assign the blame elsewhere." Martin Wille, Germany's deputy farm minister, dismissed Fischler's charges and said government officials had worked quickly and efficiently to cooperate with the EU. He blamed the EU Commission for delaying follow-up information Germany requested.
The United Nations health agency said it would convene a major meeting of experts and officials from all regions on the neuro-degenerative diseases striking cattle and humans. Since 1986, 180 000 BSE cases have been confirmed in British cattle, with 1300 to 1400 cases elsewhere in Europe -- all but several dozen cases in 4 countries (France, Ireland, Portugal and Switzerland), according to WHO. In all, 87 cases of vCJD have been reported in Britain, 3 in France and one in Ireland, according to the agency. _____
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000
From: M. Cosgriff <
Source: Times of India [edited]
Sheep should be tested for mad cow disease
German Agriculture Minister Karl-Heinz Funke said on Wednesday the country should introduce mass testing for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in sheep.
"If scientists recommend doing that, I support it," Funke told German public television network ZDF in an interview, adding that any new testing program should be introduced at the European Union level. Funke said that he believed sheep were less at risk of contracting the disease because most are kept in grazing flocks and do not come in contact with feed that contains animal remains. _____
Date: 28 Dec 2000
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Source: M2 Communications Ltd. [edited]
Finnish farms with more than 20 goats or sheep will have to test the animals for viruses that cause certain diseases that affect the brain. The compulsory testing programme will step into force from the start of the new year and is seen as necessary because some virus-caused diseases have symptoms much like those of BSE (mad cow disease).
Farms with fewer than 20 goats or sheep can choose if they want to carry out the tests. _____
Date: 29 Dec 2000
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Source: Chicago Tribune [edited]
Germany called for expanding meat testing to include sheep as a health scare gripped the country Thursday after the discovery of still more cases of mad cow disease.
The state testing agency in Tuebingen confirmed 2 more cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as mad cow disease--one in the southern Unterallgaeu region and another in Osnabrueck in Lower Saxony--to bring Germany's known tally to seven.
Health authorities carrying out routine tests of sausages on German supermarket shelves found that in some cases, sausages were labeled incorrectly and did not say that the product contained beef.
Germany is testing cattle for the disease at a nationwide level, but so far sheep are not included in the program. Agriculture Minister Karl-Heinz Funke wants to widen testing to include sheep. He called for a European Union plan to examine theories that sheep could be linked to mad cow disease. _____
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 16:01:59 -0500
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Source: Reuters [edited]
Dutch Discover Eighth Case of Mad Cow Disease
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government said on Friday it had discovered its 8th case of mad cow disease at a farm in the eastern town of Punthorst.
The most recent BSE case in the Netherlands was discovered on 17 Nov 2000 this year amid a growing mad cow health scare crisis across Europe.
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