US Probes New
Mad Cow Case
The Globe and Mail
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. Clifford said.
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