Czechs Confirm BSE Case

Czech state veterinarians said March 27 they had found a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow in the north of the country and they would cull around 200 related cattle.

It was the first case of the so-called “mad cow” disease in the central European state since two emerged in 2007.

“It was a 66-month-old cow… that was slaughtered in a slaughterhouse so it had no visible clinical symptoms. It was found during a regular check,” said Josef Duben, spokesman of the State Veterinary Office.

He said the meat will be destroyed and there was no health threat to the population.

The office believed the cow got the disease from infected feed, but Duben said it would be hard to track because the infection happened more than five years ago.

The Czech Republic, a net importer of beef last year, is listed as a controlled BSE risk country by the World Organization for Animal Health, alongside neighbouring countries like Germany, Poland and Slovakia.

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