Three New Cases of Mad Cow Disease in France
Three more cases of Bovine Spongeiform Encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, have been discovered in cattle in France, bringing the year's total to 43, the agriculture ministry said Monday.
Two cows were found with the disease in herds in the departments of Aube, east of Paris, and Aveyron in the south. All other animals in the herds were slaughtered in line with regulations.
The third cow was traced via a nationwide detection program launched in June to determine the extent of the disease in the 21 million-strong national herd.
Under the program, the brains of 48,000 cattle that have died in accidents or in unusual circumstances will have been analyzed by the end of the year. So far eight cases have been discovered via the test -- PARIS (AFP)
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