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Mad Cow in Netherlands

THE HAGUE - The Dutch ministry of Agriculture publicized on Friday that it has revealed mad cow disease in a seven-year-old cow.

It is the 83rd case of mad cow disease, or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the Netherlands since 1997 but the first since March 2006.

Netherlands authorities do schedule checks on all slaughtered bovines for BSE.

One cow from the same farm and another six from other farms assumed to be at risk for mad cow disease, because they get the same feed or were offspring’s of the sick cow, were also selected.

The Netherlands has so far traced two cases of the human form of the disease, variant Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease, since it first appeared in 1996.