The discovery of a case of mad cow disease in England

Health authorities announced Friday evening that a classic case of mad cow disease, known as mad cow disease, has been discovered on a farm in southwest England.

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According to the British Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which assures that there is “no risk to the health of the food”, the animal died and was removed from the farm located in Somerset.

“As a precautionary measure, movement restrictions have been imposed to stop the movement of livestock in the area while investigations continue to determine the source of the disease,” the agency said in a statement.

According to Chief Veterinarian Christine Middlemis, this is a “standard procedure,” proving that “our surveillance system to detect and contain disease is working.”

“The overall risk of BSE in the UK remains classified ‘controlled’ and there is no risk to food safety or public health,” she added.

The UK has had five confirmed cases of BSE since 2014, all in dead animals that were not intended for the human food chain and posed no risk to the general public, according to the APHA.

As expected from international commitments, the OIE and the UK’s trading partners have been briefed, but the country’s ability to export beef is not affected.

Cases of the disease have appeared sporadically in the UK since the acute crisis in the late 1990s which led to the slaughter of millions of animals.

BSE first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and spread to many countries in Europe and around the world through the use of contaminated animal meal. Suspected to be the source of the new type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, it has alarmed consumers and reduced meat purchases.

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The exact extent of the epidemic in humans remains unknown. The number of new variant CJD cases has decreased since 2000, when the mad cow disease epidemic was under control. From 1995 to 2016, 178 people were diagnosed and died all in the UK, while 27 people died of the disease in France between 1996 and 2014.

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