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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: NEW mad cow case in Czech Republic YES INDEED FINALLY CONFIRMED
Date: November 29, 2006 at 9:54 am PST

In Reply to: Re: NEW mad cow case in Czech Republic NOT posted by TSS on November 25, 2006 at 8:40 am:

Czechs say BSE under control despite 25th infected cow

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Wednesday November 29, 2006

Prague- Officials confirmed Wednesday a 25th case of the mad-cow disease BSE in the Czech Republic, but said the infection rate has declined significantly since peaking last year. The latest victim was a 6-year-old cow at a breeding farm near the northern town of Semily, said Josef Duben, spokesman for the State Veterinary Administration.

About 200 other animals at the farm will be destroyed as a precaution.

Czech veterinarians have detected only two, BSE-tainted cows so far this year, compared with a record eight last year and seven in 2004.

"It can be said that the occurrence of BSE is falling from its expected peak," Duben said. "The number of sick animals culminated in our country last year."

Meat from BSE-tainted animals has been linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which has killed nearly 200 people worldwide since being detected in 1986, according to the National CJD surveillance unit at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Thorough testing of Czech cattle began in 2001. That same year, the country reported its first and second BSE cases.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency


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