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From: TSS ()
Subject: Austria confirms fourth case of mad cow disease
Date: May 13, 2006 at 7:05 pm PST

Austria confirms fourth case of mad cow disease

Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 14-May-2006 02:12 hrs

Quarantined dairy cows. Austria has confirmed it had found a fourth case of mad cow disease, this time in the northern province of Upper Austria, Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat said.


Austria has confirmed it had found a fourth case of mad cow disease, this time in the northern province of Upper Austria, Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat said.
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But she emphasised "there is no danger for Austrian consumers."
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The Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) confirmed a six-year-old cow at a slaughterhouse in the provincial capital of Linz tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
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The cow came from a farm in the Muehlviertel region, bordering Germany and the Czech Republic.
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All cattle from the farm have already been slaughtered and the farm and slaughterhouse have been closed and disinfected, the Austria Press Agency reported Saturday.
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"This case proves once again that the Austrian BSE-monitoring programme is working flawlessly to identify infected animals with certainty," Rauch-Kallat said Saturday.
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"The brilliant collaboration with the Upper Austrian authorities also contributed in eliminating all risk," she added.
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A press conference with province authorities was planned for later Saturday.
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Austria has regularly tested cattle for BSE since early 2001, in accordance with EU regulation, and more than 200,000 tests are conducted every year in the whole country.
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This is Austria's fourth case of BSE and its first this year. A first case was found in Lower Austria in December 2001, followed by two in 2005, in the western province of Vorarlberg in June, and in Salzburg, in the centre, in October. — AFP



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TSS



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