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BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)

Additional Case of BSE Detected in Canada

On February 18, 2011, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed a BSE case in a dairy cow born in Alberta in 2004. It reported that no part of the affected animal carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. CFIA identified the animal’s birth farm and initiated an investigation. The age and location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases detected in Canada. The case was detected through the national BSE surveillance program, which continues to play an important role in Canada’s strategy to manage BSE. This case underscores the importance of maintaining the multiple "firewalls" in Canada and the United States designed to prevent animal and human exposures to the BSE agent, including particularly slaughter house and rendering plant controls that reduce the risk of specified risk materials (tissues of infected cattle most likely to transmit BSE) from entering into animal feed or human food.

See the CFIA notice External Web Site Policy. For more information about BSE in Canada, see the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website External Web Site Policy.

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Date: March 17, 2011
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)
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