NORWAY – A bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case has been diagnosed as atypical by Europe’s reference laboratory after officials were alarmed earlier this week.
The Veterinary Laboratories Agency in the UK found that the fifteen year old animal had H-variant atypical BSE after routine inspections in Norway found unusual prion proteins in the brain on 12 January.
A spokesperson at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute said the animal, from North Trondelag, was the first positive case out of over 273,000 screened cattle.
Norway has monitored cattle over two years old for BSE since 2001, passing around 20,000 cattle as BSE free each year.
The animal has been destroyed.
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