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From: TSS ()
Subject: Case of mad cow disease found in France
Date: September 18, 2006 at 9:42 am PST

Case of mad cow disease found in France

Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 18-Sep-2006 23:37 hrs

Close-up of a cow in southwestern France. A cow in central France has tested positive for mad cow disease, the country's fifth detected case this year, local authorities said.


A cow in central France has tested positive for mad cow disease, the country's fifth detected case this year, local authorities said.
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The 12-year old dairy cow from the central-eastern Bourgogne region was put down in August after developing the symptoms of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The animal later tested positive for the disease.
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Local veterinary chief Dominique Chabanet said Monday it was probably infected by eating animal-based flour, before its use as cow feed was banned in 1996.
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The cow's calves were to be put down as a security measure, along with all animals born to the same herd in the same year.
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The number of French cases of BSE has been declining steadily, from a peak of 274 in 2001 to 31 last year.
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France has recorded a total of 15 cases of the human form of the disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, since it first appeared in 1996 -- compared with more than 150 cases in Britain. — AFP


http://www.todayonline.com/articles/143313.asp


TSS



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