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Mad cow disease detected in Ukraine

English.news.cn   2012-09-29 07:18:10            

KIEV, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in Ukraine, the first in two years, reported the authorities on Friday.

A cow from a private household in the central Vinnitsa region was found to behave aggressively on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

The cow was slaughtered the next day and tests confirmed that the cow was infected with mad cow disease, it said.

The new case posed no risk to human health as all farmers in contact with the cow were vaccinated, said the ministry.

Local authorities have sealed off the village where the infected cow was found to prevent the spread of the disease.

Mad cow disease, which attacks the central nervous system, is thought to be spread mainly in contaminated feed, when animals consume the meat of infected animals. It attacks an animal through hard-to-destroy protein forms called prions, which can multiply in the brain, reducing it to a spongy wreck.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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