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From: TSS ()
Subject: U.S. Is Investigating Possible Mad-Cow Case NO WB POSSIBLE, THE FONG SYNDROME STRIKES
Date: July 27, 2005 at 2:04 pm PST

U.S. Is Investigating Possible Mad-Cow Case

Associated Press
July 27, 2005 3:40 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating another possible case of mad-cow disease, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.

Testing indicated the presence of the disease in a cow that died on the farm where it lived, said John Clifford, the department's chief veterinarian. The department would not say where the farm was. The cow was at least 12 years old and died of complications during calving, Mr. Clifford said.

"It is important to note that this animal poses no threat to the human food supply, because it did not enter the human or animal food chains," Mr. Clifford said.

The department is conducting further tests and is sending a brain-tissue sample to an internationally recognized laboratory in Weybridge, England, Mr. Clifford said. A private veterinarian removed the brain tissue for sampling, the USDA official said.

Two other cases of mad-cow disease have been confirmed in the U.S. One was confirmed last month in a Texas cow that died in November. The other was in a Canadian-born cow discovered in December 2003 in Washington state.

Testing options are limited in this case. Because the farm was remote, the private veterinarian who removed the brain sample used a substance to preserve the tissue. That means that only one type of testing, immunohistochemistry, or IHC, can be done.

The animal died in April, but the veterinarian forgot to send the sample to USDA until this month, Mr. Clifford said. "While that time lag is not optimal, it has no implications in terms of the risk to human health," he said.

IHC tests returned conflicting results on the Texas cow. Use of the preservative means that the other tests commonly done when mad cow is suspected, initial rapid screening and Western blot, can't be performed on this sample, the official said. Mr. Clifford said it's possible to get different results, "depending on the slice of tissue that is tested."

The fatal brain-wasting disease is known medically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. In people, eating tainted meat products has been linked to about 150 deaths from a fatal disorder called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Most of the deaths were in the United Kingdom, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s.

The U.S. banned Canadian cattle in May 2003 following Canada's first case of mad-cow disease. The U.S. was about to lift the ban in March when U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Mont., granted an injunction to a ranchers' group called R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America. The ranchers had sued to keep the border closed to Canadian cattle, saying the disease presented a risk to the U.S. beef industry as well as to American consumers.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the injunction earlier this month, allowing cattle shipments from Canada to resume. The lifting of the ban reopens the U.S. to cattle younger than 30 months and expands the list of beef products Canada is allowed to ship to the U.S. Older animals are still banned, because infection levels are believed to increase with age.

Copyright © 2005 Associated Press



this is what you call the 'FONG' syndrome. make sure she can't make them do a WB on this sample.

I BEG THE OIG and the Honorable Phyllis Fong to investigate this blunder too. there is no way that sample sat on a shelf while the world waited on that Texas mad cow blunder dust to settle, and someone just forgets about it. i just don't believe this either...

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
P.O. Box 42
Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

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