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US suspect cow cleared of mad cow disease
www.chinaview.cn 2005-08-04 11:10:22

    BEIJING, Aug. 4 -- A third cow suspected of having mad cow disease has tested negative, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

   Following initial tests which suggested the possibility of infection, tests at a USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and at an internationally recognized lab in Weybridge, England, showed the cow did not have the fatal disease, said John Clifford, the department's chief veterinarian.

    The suspect cow died on the farm in April where it was raised after complications from giving birth. The farm's location has not been released.

    There have been two confirmed U.S. cases of mad cow: a Texas cow in June and a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in 2003.

    Scientists say the brain-destroying disease is caused by malformed proteins called prions. People can acquire a human version of the malady by eating contaminated beef products.

    (Agencies)

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