Poland reports new mad cow case
( 2003-11-18 17:14) (Agencies)
A new case of mad cow disease
was confirmed, bringing the total number of cattle infected with the disease in
Poland to nine, Poland's chief veterinarian Piotr Kolodziej said on Monday.
The seven-year-old animal was tested positive for the disease Thursday in the
central Mazowsze province, said the chief veterinarian in a bulletin.
Other cattle that were kept with the infected had been slaughtered as part of
preventive measures, so were all the 18-month-old cows on the farm, the report
Mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is an
infectious disease, which is believed to spread by cattle feed made from
recycling meat and bones from infected animals.
Polish agricultural authorities are taking measures to test all cattle over
30 months old for the BSE across the country.
The first case of the brain-wasting disease in Poland was found in May 2002.