BSE Update — February 6, 2004

There are no new actions to report today. The following is a summary of actions to date.

Investigation
Guidelines on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) issued by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the international animal heath standard setting organization, state that animals born on a premises within one year (before or after) of a BSE-affected animal can be considered of significant interest to the country reporting the BSE detection. As such, USDA has focused on 25 of the 81 animals also born into the birth herd of the index animal. Based on normal culling practices of local dairies, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service estimated that the Agency would be able to locate approximately 11 of these animals. APHIS has definitively located 14 of these animals.

These 14 animals definitively located are part of the group of 81 that originally entered from Canada. In addition to these 14 animals of significant interest, APHIS also has located 15 other animals that entered with the group of 81. This makes a total of 29 of the 81 animals that have been located.

A breakdown follows:
  • 1 of the 81 is the BSE-positive cow and was located in the Index herd in Mabton, WA.
  • 9 of the 81 were located in the Index herd in Mabton, WA.
  • 3 were located at a facility in Tenino, WA.
  • 6 were located at a facility in Connell, WA.
  • 1 was located at a facility in Quincy, WA.
  • 3 were located at a facility in Mattawa, WA.
  • 1 was located at a facility in Moxee, WA.
  • 3 were located at a facility in Burley, ID.
  • 1 was located at a facility in Othello, WA.
  • 1 was located a facility in Mabton, WA.

There are no premises under hold orders related to BSE.

Source: USDA APHIS

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