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From: TSS ()
Subject: BSE found in four-year-old cow IRELAND
Date: July 30, 2005 at 6:43 am PST

BSE found in four-year-old cow

29 July 2005 17:01
The cattle brain disease, BSE, has been discovered in another four-year old cow.

It is the second case involving a cow born in 2001. The latest case involves an animal from a dairy herd in Co Monaghan.

It had been hoped that animals born after 1997 would not become infected with BSE because regulations to prevent the spread of the disease were tightened significantly around that time.


Most of the 1,500 BSE cases in Ireland have been blamed on contaminated animal feed.

The Department of Agriculture had predicted that a small number of cases might involve animals born after 1997. So far, 14 cases have involved animals born since that time.

However, the overall trend is downward. The total number of cases this year is 42. This compares with 77 cases for the equivalent period in 2004.

There were 119 cases for the equivalent period in 2003, and 211 cases for the equivalent period in 2002.

A second case this week involved an 11-year-old dairy cow in Kerry.


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