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From: TSS ()
Subject: Three new cases of BSE uncovered at a Welsh farm
Date: June 1, 2005 at 6:42 am PST

Three new cases of BSE uncovered at a Welsh farm by Pete Hisey on 6/1/2005 for

Three Welsh cattle have been found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy and British investigators from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are attempting to find a common infective agent.

The cases are of interest because all three animals came from the same herd, and all three are described as between the ages of 36 and 43 months, relatively young compared to most other BSE cases. Authorities suspect the animals were infected by feed imported from overseas.

According to The Guardian, these are the youngest infected cattle in recent years, and the first cluster of cases from the same herd involving animals born after 1996. The 36-month-old is the first BSE case involving an animal born in 2002 or later to be discovered in the entire EU.

The discovery also calls into question the EU's 2001 crackdown on feed supplies and importation of feed from questionable sources. Since all three cattle were born after that tightening of feed rules continent-wide, apparently unsafe feed was finding its way to market despite increased oversight.

The discovery comes as BSE seems to be in rapid decline in the UK. So far this year, 88 cases have been identified, compared to over 300 in 2004 and 37,000 in the peak year, 1992


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