Mad cow dis­ease case called atyp­i­cal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Nathan Owens

An atyp­i­cal case of mad cow dis­ease was found Tues­day in Alabama at a state live­stock mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Au­thor­i­ties re­port­edly found the 11-year-old cow ex­hibit­ing clin­i­cal signs of the dis­ease be­fore it went to slaughter.

“The an­i­mal never en­tered slaughter chan­nels and at no time pre­sented a risk to the food sup­ply, or to hu­man health in the United States,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

This is the fifth re­ported case of bovine spongi­form en­cephalopa­thy in the U.S. The pre­vi­ous three re­ported cases also were con­sid­ered atyp­i­cal, or L-type, dif­fer­ent from the clas­sic form, H-type, con­tracted by eat­ing con­tam­i­nated protein from in­fected cat­tle.

The USDA’s An­i­mal and Plant Health In­spec­tion Ser­vice and Alabama vet­eri­nary of­fi­cials are gath­er­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Tues­day’s case.

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