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BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)

Additional Case of BSE Detected in Canada

On February 7, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a mature bull from Alberta. On March 6, the CFIA confirmed that this animal was born in 2000 which was after the 1997 feed ban.

This is the 10th reported case of BSE in a cow born in Canada and the 6th such case reported since the beginning of 2006. The CFIA report indicated that Canada's enhanced feed ban is scheduled to come into effect on July 12, 2007, and that BSE should be eliminated from the Canadian cattle herd within approximately 10 years.

For more information about BSE in Canada, see the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.

 
 
Date: January 24, 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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