Possible case of BSE in Norwegian cow

By Georgi Gyton contact

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BSE is suspected but not yet confirmed
BSE is suspected but not yet confirmed

Related tags: Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Beef, Livestock

A possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been detected in Norway, the country’s Food and Safety Authority has confirmed.

Routine testing in Nord-Trondelag has indicated the possible presence of the disease in a 15-year-old cow, with tests now being carried out to confirm or disprove suspicions, said Solfrid Åmdal, head of land animals and animal health at the authority.

So far, further tests have strengthened the suspicion that the cow has BSE, but it is not yet confirmed, said Åmdal.

"We are waiting for a final answer from a laboratory in England – they will also be able to ascertain what type of BSE is in question,"​ she added.

The authority stressed the difference between the atypical strain of BSE which occurs spontaneously and is not considered to be due to infection, and the classic form which is transmitted through feed and can also occur spontaneously in older cattle. It is estimated that the atypical variety occurs in approximately one in a million cattle, said the authority.

"We take this seriously and handle this as if suspicions were confirmed,"​ added Åmdal.

The authority is now mapping where the cow came from and the circumstances around it. Routine restrictions have also been placed on the farm where it was discovered.

The cow in question has since been destroyed.

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