Farm locked down after mad cow disease found

BREAKING: Mad cow disease – BSE – found on Scottish farm

BREAKING: Mad cow disease – BSE – found on Scottish farm

Eating meat from animals infected with BSE has been tied to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable human illness that destroys brain tissue.

The discovery of the first case of mad cow disease in Britain for three years will not push the beef industry back to the days of the 1990s, say farmers' leaders, and is no risk to people.

A movement ban has been put in place at the farm as investigators try to establish the source of the fatal disease, and Ms Voas said it could be several months before investigators could say for certain.

She said the disease could occur "spontaneously" and that it was believed this was probably the case in this latest situation.

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has activated a Government response plan to protect the farming industry.

The last breakout of BSE in the United Kingdom that involved human deaths happened in 1986, in which over 100 people died of the human form of mad cow disease.

ERROR: Macro /ads/dfp-ad-article-new is missing! The Scottish government has ordered a quarantine area around the farm and said the isolated case posed no danger to humans.

An investigation has been launched by the Animal Health Agency.

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"Sad to have confirmed a case of BSE in Aberdeenshire this morning, but good surveillance system is proved to work well", she said.

Holstein Friesian cattle at pasture in Scotland UK.

However, any farmer with concerns is advised to seek immediate veterinary advice.

Ian McWatt, director of operations at Food Standards Scotland, noted that there are "strict controls in place to protect consumers from the risk of BSE" and that officials remain vigilant.

All animals over four years of age that die on farm are routinely tested for BSE under our comprehensive surveillance system.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, BSE can be divided into Classical BSE and Atypical BSE.

Scientists think the disease is caused when cows eat feed "contaminated with parts that came from another cow that was sick with BSE".

"With effective surveillance, countries without conventional BSE can detect odd cases of atypical BSE, and atypical cases in the United Kingdom must be expected". Symptoms include psychiatric problems, behavioural changes and painful sensations.

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