Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Alabama cow dies of BSE

An 11-year-old cow has died of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow’s disease) in Alabama.

The cow died before being sent to slaughter, so none of her meat got into the food chain.

Officials say it is an atypical strain of the disease, not “classical” BSE that devastated the United Kingdom in the 1990s and prompted trade bans when an Alberta cow was diagnosed with the disease in 2003.

American officials say atypical BSE tends to show up from time to time in old cattle.