Discard risk to human health in a case of "mad cow" in Scotland

Discard risk to human health in a case of "mad cow" in Scotland

The health authorities of Scotland today ruled out that there is a risk to human health, after confirming a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), popularly known as "mad cow disease", in a farm in the northeastern region of Aberdeenshire.

The Ministry of Rural Economy of the British province reported that the sick animal did not enter the food chain and noted that it was a case of "classic BSE" that does not represent a threat to the health of people.

He indicated that the offspring of the affected cow is being identified and will be slaughtered.

The infected specimen, which belongs to a farm in the small town of Huntly, was detected as part of the routine inspections carried out on all animals over four years old that die on farms.

"While it is important to emphasize that this is a standard procedure until we have a clear understanding of the origin of the disease, it is further proof that our surveillance system for detecting these diseases is working," said the Scottish Minister of Economy. Rural, Fergus Ewing.

His department has activated a plan that includes the prohibition of movement of livestock on the affected farm as a precautionary measure and it is the Animal and Plant Health Agency that carries out the investigation to determine the source of this outbreak.

Also as a preventive measure, the head of the Public Veterinary Office, Sheila Voas, urged "any farmer who has concerns" about the possible transmission of their animals to "immediately seek veterinary advice."

This case is the first to be discovered in Scotland in ten years, although since 2011 there have been sixteen episodes of this disease in the United Kingdom, the last of which, in 2015, affected a farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

EBB is a degenerative pathology of the central nervous system of cattle that is characterized by the appearance of a series of alterations that end in death.

These animals can transmit it to humans, giving rise to a variety of Creutzfeldt-Jakob syndrome, a neurological condition.


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