Friday, May 04, 2007

International Respect For Chickens Day

You didn't forget, did you?

The bad news is more Mad Cow:


BSE CASE CONFIRMED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA


OTTAWA, May 2, 2007 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has
confirmed the diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a
mature dairy cow from British Columbia. The animal's carcass is under CFIA
control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed
systems.

Preliminary information indicates that the age of the animal (66 months)
falls well within the age range of previous cases detected in Canada and is
consistent with the recognized average incubation period of the disease.
This signifies that the animal was exposed to a very small amount of
infective material, most likely during its first year of life.

An epidemiological investigation directed by international guidelines is
underway to identify the animal's herdmates at the time of birth and the
pathways by which it might have become infected. All findings will be
publicly released once the investigation concludes.


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