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From: TSS (
Subject: Italy Detects Latest Case of Mad Cow
Date: December 6, 2004 at 12:07 pm PST

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Subject: Italy Detects Latest Case of Mad Cow
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 14:19:52 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Associated Press
Italy Detects Latest Case of Mad Cow
12.06.2004, 02:51 PM

A cow in southern Italy has tested positive for mad cow disease, raising
to 124 the number of cases detected in the country since testing began
in 2001, the Health Ministry said Monday.

The ministry said analysis confirmed a positive result in an 8-year-old
cow from a breeding farm in the countryside of Avellino.

The European Union requires tests on cattle older than 30 months
destined for slaughter.

The disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, affects
the brains of cattle and is incurable. Two years ago, Italy reported its
first case of the human form of the brain-wasting illness, variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which experts believe is transmitted by
eating meat from infected animals.


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