The U.S. Agriculture Department confirmed on Tuesday that it detected a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the nation's fourth, in a dairy cow in central California.
Worldwide, there were 29 cases of BSE in 2011, down from the peak of 37,311 cases in 1992, Clifford noted.
The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that it found a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California.
The infected cow was found as part of a "targeted surveillance system," says John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, who said at no time did it present a threat to humans.
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Originally posted by Aleister
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The "same topic" you found was from 2005. Just sayin'.
Originally posted by FenderWolf
Crossing my fingers for a mad human/zombie apocalypse
Originally posted by popsmayhem
Rachel Madcow disease its terrible,
i remember when the big outbrek
happened, stinking cows falling
out dead all over the place...
29 worldwide in 2011 is a good sign.
I doubt this one will get to much bigger.
Just cook ure beef very well done kill
all the germs no pink or blood you will
A senior manager with a California rendering company said Tuesday a cow at its Hanford, Calif., transfer station tested positive for mad cow disease.
Dennis Luckey, executive vice president of Baker Commodities in Los Angeles, told The Associated Press the disease was discovered after workers selected the cow for random sampling.
The sample was taken from the dead cow's carcass on April 18 at a hide-removal site, he said.
"This animal happened to be one that we randomly selected," Luckey said.
The company does not yet know which farm the cow came from, but the animal never made it to Baker's rendering plant 50 miles away in Kerman, Calif., Luckey said.
On April 19, a lab at the University of California, Davis reported that its test on the sample was inconclusive, he said.
The sample was then sent on to the Agriculture Department, which confirmed on Tuesday that the cow is the fourth discovered in the United States to test positive for the disease.
Samples from the animal in question were tested at USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Confirmatory results using immunohistochemistry and western blot tests confirmed the animal was positive for atypical BSE, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.