The animal died and was removed from the farm, located in Somerset, England. Traffic restrictions have been put in place, the British Animal Health Agency announced on Friday evening.
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A classic case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as the disease of “Mad Cow”, was detected in an operation in the south-west of England, health authorities announced on the evening of Friday, September 17.
According to the British Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which points out that there is no “no risk to food health”, the animal died and was removed from the farm, located in Somerset.
As a precaution, “Movement restrictions have been put in place to stop the movement of livestock in the area while investigations continue to identify the origin of the disease”, the agency continued in a statement.
It is, according to its chief veterinarian Christine Middlemiss, a “standard procedure”, which proves that the “surveillance system to detect and contain disease is working”. “The general risk of BSE in the UK remains classified as ‘controlled’ and there is no risk to food safety or public health”, she added.
The UK has had five confirmed cases of BSE since 2014, all in dead animals that were not destined for the human food chain and presented no risk to the general public, according to the APHA.