Mad cow disease - BSE - found on Scottish farm

BREAKING: Mad cow disease – BSE – found on Scottish farm

The finding of the disease is a "disappointment", said Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas.

The case was identified as part of routine testing and did not enter the human food chain, according to the Scottish Government.

A case of mad cow disease has been discovered on a farm in Aberdeen, the Scottish government has confirmed.

Part of this success has been attributed to Scotland becoming BSE free - the country was awarded "negligible risk" status for the disease past year.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle that may be passed to humans who have eaten infected flesh.

Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the Aberdeenshire farm, while further investigations to identify the origin of the disease occur.

BSE attacks a cow's central nervous system, which can cause them to die.

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Professor Matthew Baylis, chair of veterinary epidemiology at Liverpool University, said one case was detected in Britain in 2014 and two in 2015.

There are strict controls in place to protect consumers from the risk of BSE, including controls on animal feed, and removal of the parts of cattle most likely to carry BSE infectivity.

'While it is important to stress that this is standard procedure until we have a clear understanding of the diseases origin, this is further proof that our surveillance system for detecting this type of disease is working'. It has been linked to the brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

The nation was declared "BSE free" in 2009 and was given "negligible risk" status by the World Organisation for Animal Health previous year.

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

Britain grappled with a massive outbreak throughout the 1990s when hundreds of thousands of cattle were diagnosed with BSE, resulting n a worldwide ban on beef exports from the United Kingdom.

Ian McWatt, director of operations at Food Standards Scotland, noted that there are "strict controls in place to protect consumers from the risk of BSE" and that officials remain vigilant.

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