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From: TSS ()
Subject: Dutch report new case of mad cow
Date: July 10, 2005 at 6:18 pm PST

Dutch report new case of mad cow
17:49 AEST Sun Jul 10 2005
The Netherlands has discovered a new case of the deadly brain-wasting mad cow disease in a five-year-old animal, the agriculture ministry says.

The ministry said the case was reported after a routine blood test on an animal in the town of Lopik that had been designated for slaughter.

The BSE case is the country's first this year and its 78th since the outbreak in 1997 of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

A ministry spokeswoman said the authorities were probing animal feed to determine the origin of the BSE contamination and testing all other animals from the same herd. The disease is thought to be triggered by contaminants in feed.

In May a 26-year-old Dutch woman stricken with the human variant of mad cow - or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease - died, the country's first victim of the illness.

Around 150 cases of the human form of the illness have been reported around the world, mostly in Britain, but also in France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States.

Measures taken by the Dutch Government
Removal of risk material
Ban on animal protein
Compulsory BSE test



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