US News: A case of "mad cow" detected in England

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A case of "mad cow" disease was detected in an exploitation of southwestern England, announced the health authorities.

A conventional Case of Spongiform Spongiform Encephalopathy, known as the "Cow Cow" , was detected in a southwestern exploitation of the England , announced Friday night the health authorities. .

Circulation restrictions

according to the British animal and plant health agency (APHA), which emphasizes that there is no risk to food health ", the animal is dead and has been removed from the operating, located in Somerset.

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As a precautionary measure,

"traffic restrictions have been put in place to stop livestock movements in the area while the investigations continue to identify the origin of the disease" , continued the agency in a communicated.

It is according to its chief veterinarian Christine Middlemiss of an

"standard procedure" , which proves that "our monitoring system to detect and contain the disease works".

"The general risk of BSE in the United Kingdom remains" controlled "and there is no risk to food security or public health" , she added.

The United Kingdom has identified five confirmed cases of BSE since 2014, all in dead animals that were not intended for the human food chain and did not show any risk to the general public, according to APHA.

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No impact on export capacity

As expected by international commitments, the World Animal Health Organization has been and the United Kingdom trading partners have been informed, but the country's ability to export beef is not affected.

cases of the disease appear sporadically in the United Kingdom since the serious crisis of the end of the 1990s, which led to the slaughter of millions of animals.

appeared in the United Kingdom In the 1980s, BSE had expanded to many countries in Europe and around the world because of the use of contaminated animal flour. Suspected of being at the origin of the new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJ) disease in humans, she had aroused consumer worry and drops meat purchases.

The exact magnitude of the epidemic in humans remains unknown. The number of cases of the new VMJ variant has declined since 2000, while the EBS epidemic was controlled. From 1995 to 2016, 178 persons, all deceased, were diagnosed in the United Kingdom, while 27 died of the disease in France between 1996 and 2014.

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