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British tests clear Croatian mad cow case

24 February 2006

CROATIA - Additional tests on samples of a Croatian cow that initially tested positive for madcow disease have proved negative.

The final tests carried out by a laboratory at Weybridge, Britain found the cow was "negative for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)", the brain-wasting disease, the agriculture ministry said Friday.
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Croatia's veterinary authorities announced last week that regular tests conducted for all slaughtered cattle more than 30 months old had shown that a five-year-old cow had contracted madcow disease.
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The cow, from a farm in the eastern party of the country, had not shown symptoms of the disease before being slaughtered. Its brain samples were sent to the British laboratory.

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Source: Todayonline



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