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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Mad Cow Case Reported in Poland

A ProMED-mail post

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International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: Sat 28 Mar 2009
Source: Pandemic Information News [edited]

Czech state veterinarians said on Friday [27 Mar 2009] they had found
a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 6-year-old
cow on a farm near the northern border with Poland.

Also known as mad cow disease, BSE first emerged in Britain in the
1980s and has been found in herds in several European and other

[Posted by Treyfish]

Communicated by:
ProMED-mail Rapporteur Susan Baekeland

[Checking OIE WAHID (World Animal Health Information Database), the
Czech Republic reported 8 cases without clinical signs in 2005, 3
cases in 2006, 2 cases in 2007, none in 2008.

This 6-year-old cow was probably infected via contaminated calf feed
in 2002-2003. According to OIE's HandiSTATUS the reported incidence in
the Czech Republic from 1996 to 2000 was 0, 2 cases in 2001, 2 in
2002, 4 in 2003, and 7
in 2004. So unless they were importing contaminated meat and bone
meals in 2002-3, there were unrecognised cases being recycled at the
beginning of the decade in the Czech Republic. Readers are encouraged
to check the moderator's insightful and very informative comments in
ProMED archive 20021006.5480. - Mod.MHJ]

[The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the Czech Republic is
available at
. - CopyEd.MJ]

[see also:
BSE, fourth case - Czech Republic: suspected 20021006.5480
BSE - Czech Republic (02) 20010903.2106
BSE - Czech Republic: OIE confirmed 20010616.1160
BSE - Czech Republic 20010609.1127]

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