Investigation of brain material from a 3½ year-old cow of a red Danish dairy breed in a herd in Jutland has revealed bovine spongiform encephalopathy/BSE/mad cow disease. The disease has only been detected once before in Denmark in August 1992, when a 5 year-old Scottish highland cow, imported from Scotland, was infected by the disease.
Cows that are infected with mad cow disease develop symptoms of the disease. The cow in question was investigated when the vet became suspicious that this could be a case of mad cow disease. The cow was destroyed, and the head was sent to the Danish Veterinary Laboratory. As traces of brain transformation were found, it was sent for further investigation to the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, UK. On Sunday 27th February the Director K.B. Pedersen of the Danish Veterinary Laboratory in Copenhagen reported that the diagnosis had been confirmed.
The cow that was affected by mad cow disease is from a North Jutland herd of dairy cattle where there are a total of 70 cattle and 4 sows.
The herd has supplied 800 kg of milk every other day, but there is no risk attached to the milk.
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