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Fourth case of BSE found in USA

25 April 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
BSE in USA
Tags: TSE, cattle, USA
Source: USDA

USDA announced the identification of the fourth case of BSE in the USA. The cow was found dead on a dairy farm in central California and tested for BSE before the carcass would be released for rendering. Initial test results were inconclusive, but retesting by USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, using immunohistochemistry and western blots confirmed atypical BSE.

The carcass was never presented for slaughter for human consumption and will be destroyed.

See the statement of USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford on this case:

 

To learn more about atypical scrapie and atypical BSE see the TAFS forum position paper on this topic.



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