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Subject: Czech Republic hit with first mad cow case in 2007
Date: September 12, 2007 at 12:16 pm PST

12/09/07 19h15 GMT+1

AFP News brief
Czech Republic hit with first mad cow case in 2007

The Czech Republic has discovered its first case of mad cow disease so far this year, the country's State Veterinary Administration (SVS) reported Wednesday.

A 11-year-old cow was found infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the 27th case in total for the Czech Republic.

Eight infected animals were found in 2005, three more in 2006, while the first case occurred in 2001.

"The trend corresponds to those cows registered in other European Union countries where the number of diagnosed BSE cases is also on the decline," SVS said in a statement.

Obligatory BSE screening in the Czech Republic is made on the brains of slaughtered animals 30 months old or more.

The main source of BSE has been traced to cattle feed containing the ground-up parts of infected animals.

BSE is the suspected cause of a similar brain-destroying illness in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).


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