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Ireland records highest ever monthly mad cow tally in November

November 30, 2001 Agence France Presse by Nikki Tait
Ireland recorded its highest ever monthly tally of cases of mad cow disease in November, an agriculture ministry spokesman said on Friday.

There were 53 cases detected in November, the highest since 25 were discovered in the same month last year. This brings the total to 220 this year, compared to 149 during the whole of 2000.

Since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was first detected in 1989, there have now been 810 cases in the national herd of about 7.6 million cattle.

BSE has been linked to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a fatal brain ailment in humans.

A ministry spokesman said the increase is mainly as a result of a huge programme of "active surveillance" introduced for the first time this year which has involved tests on over 600,000 animals so far.

The spokesman said the underlying trend in relation to the number of BSE cases being discovered "remains favourable".

"To date, no animals born after 1996 have been detected with BSE and an ever increasing proportion of the infected animals are six years of age or older." Ireland recorded its highest ever monthly tally of cases of mad cow disease in November, an agriculture ministry spokesman said on Friday.

There were 53 cases detected in November, the highest since 25 were discovered in the same month last year. This brings the total to 220 this year, compared to 149 during the whole of 2000.

Since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was first detected in 1989, there have now been 810 cases in the national herd of about 7.6 million cattle.

BSE has been linked to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a fatal brain ailment in humans.

A ministry spokesman said the increase is mainly as a result of a huge programme of "active surveillance" introduced for the first time this year which has involved tests on over 600,000 animals so far.

The spokesman said the underlying trend in relation to the number of BSE cases being discovered "remains favourable".

"To date, no animals born after 1996 have been detected with BSE and an ever increasing proportion of the infected animals are six years of age or older."


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