December 19, 2003

 

New BSE Case in Italy

 

An Italian cow from a breeding farm in central Italy has been tested positive for mad cow disease (BSE), bringing total cases in the country to 115, the Health Ministry said Thursday.

 

The disease was confirmed by testing done at a Turin zoological institute that serves as the national control center for the disease.

 

In 2001, Italy reported its first case of BSE in cattle, after the European Union ordered mandatory tests on cattle older than 30 months destined for slaughter. Fifty positive cases were reported in 2001, 36 in 2002, and 29 so far this year.