Mad cow disease reported in Scotland

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 19, 2018

The case was identified as a result of strict control measures in place and did not enter the human food chain - with Food Standards Scotland confirming there is no risk to human health as a result of the isolated case.

Mad cow disease reached its peak in the U.K.in 1992-3, when more than 100,000 confirmed cases of mad cow disease were reported, sparking widespread panic, according to The Guardian.

Mad cow disease has been found on a United Kingdom farm for the first time since 2015, raising concern that some countries may move to limit imports of British beef.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy was found on a farm in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland.

Authorities have been quick to calm fears prompted by the outbreak of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - more widely-known as mad cow disease - after movement restrictions were placed on animals at an unidentified farm in Aberdeenshire, meaning the animals can not be moved to other farms.

Though officials are not sure where the case of BSE on the Aberdeenshire farm originated from, "its detection is proof that our surveillance system is doing its job", Sheila Voas, Scotland's chief veterinary officer, added.

The government said other precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while further investigations are carried out to identify the origin of the disease.

Eating meat from animals infected with BSE has been tied to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable human illness that destroys brain tissue.

The appearance of the first cases of "mad cow disease" in 1986 in Britain caused a public health scare that lasted several years.

BSE was first discovered in the United Kingdom back in 1986, when more than 180,000 were infected with the disase when it was at its height - peaking in 1993 with nearly 1,000 new cases per week, with 4.4 million slaughtered as part of the eradication programme. Cows and humans are similarly affected by the disease.

Ewing said the case represents "further proof that our surveillance system for detecting this type of disease is working".

"It is described as "classical BSE", like the vast majority of cases we have seen in the UK".

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