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From: TSS (216-119-133-159.ipset13.wt.net)
Subject: JAPAN-Latest mad cow case spotlights nationwide spread
Date: September 15, 2004 at 1:14 pm PST

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Subject: Latest mad cow case spotlights nationwide spread
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 13:18:28 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Latest mad cow case spotlights nationwide spread

The health minister said Tuesday the discovery of Japan's 12th case of
mad cow disease in Kyushu testifies to the nationwide spread of the
illness.

The discovery of the infected cow on a Kumamoto Prefecture farm "has
spotlighted even more clearly the fact that infections have spread
nationwide," Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Chikara Sakaguchi said
at a news conference.

"The government has to look into what kind of feeds the cow ate in the
past and clarify what points will require close examination," he said.

The most recent case, confirmed Monday following blanket testing,
involved a slaughtered 62-month-old cow. It was the first case of mad
cow in Kyushu.

The preceding 11 cases were detected in various locations from Hokkaido
to western Honshu.

Japan's first case was in September 2001.

Asked about the Gifu Prefectural Government's expressed intention to
maintain blanket testing for the disease, Sakaguchi said he is ready to
respect such plans by local governments.

"Although the (central) government itself has not determined what to do
with the blanket testing system, I believe, in my personal view, that it
is acceptable for local governments to maintain the existing testing
regime," he said.

Sakaguchi's comments came five days after a government advisory panel
referred to the difficulty of detecting mad cow disease in cattle aged
20 months or younger using current methods, effectively urging the
government to exclude such cows from testing in a move seen as tilting
toward restarting U.S. beef imports.

The disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, becomes
detectable when abnormal prions accumulate in the brains of cattle.

The Japan Times: Sept. 15, 2004
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nb20040915a5.htm

TSS

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