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Subject: Mad cow case suspected by the Danish Veterinary 31 August 2005
Date: August 31, 2005 at 7:55 am PST

Science & IT News

31 August 2005
Mad cow case suspected

Authorities will have to wait two weeks to learn whether a dead cow carried mad cow disease

Henning Bagger / Scanpix Denmark
Cow with mad cow disease
A cow put down at a farm in the Viborg area is suspected by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration of carrying mad cow disease, BSE.

Tests taken from the cow will have to be studied further before it can be determined whether it actually was infected. Results of the tests are expected in 14 days.

The cow was born in 1996 and has been a part of two herds in the area around Viborg on the mainland peninsula of Denmark.

Nearly half of the country's 16 cases of BSE involved animals born in 1996.

The last time a Danish cow was found to be carrying BSE was over a year ago.

The herd that the cow was born into no longer exists, but those cows have been located and are now under observation.

The cow suspected of being infected was tested as a part of the government's testing of cattle that have died natural deaths or have been put down.

The Food and Veterinary Administration announced that it would not be surprised if the dead cow proved to have been a carrier of BSE.

The administration had predicted that at least one case of BSE would occur in Denmark before 2010. After further calculation, however, they now say that three more cases of BSE are likely before 2010.



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