Thursday, March 11, 2010

Canada - Case of BSE (Mad cow disease) in 6 year old cow 17th domestic case

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases confirmed in Canada in 2010 BSE is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Regulations. This means that all suspected cases must be reported to the CFIA.

The following table lists individual animals confirmed to be infected with BSE in Canada in 2010.

Updated: 2010-02-28

Date confirmed Location Animal type infected Age of animal February 25 Alberta Beef cow 72 months

Canada - Case of BSE (Mad cow disease) in 6 year old cow

11 Mar 2010 The Badger has learned a new case of BSE was discovered two weeks ago, but the public was not informed as part of the government's new communication strategy.

The decision not to announce new cases of BSE was made in August of 2009 and the public was

informed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) online.

"The CFIA is committed to providing all stakeholders, including the general public, media and trading partners, with timely information about disease detections in farmed animals. As such, we have revised how we report online for disease detections in farmed animals to provide a more comprehensive view of Canada's animal health status. All confirmed cases of federally reportable diseases in farmed animals will be centrally located on our website.

This information will be updated monthly," explained CFIA spokesperson Jenn Gearey.

The new communication strategy means journalists will not be notified when any new cases of BSE are discovered.

The latest finding of BSE - Canada's 17th domestic case - was announced to industry stakeholders such as processors on Feb. 25, but not to the media or general public. And while the CFIA claims its reportable diseases page will be updated monthly, no new information has been posted since Jan. 31.

The infection was detected through the national surveillance program in a six-year-old black angus cow in the same general area of Alberta home to most of Canada's BSE activity.

The last case discovered in Canada was in May of 2009 - the only occurrence that year. In 2008, there were four incidents, in 2007, there were three and in 2006, there were five cases of BSE.

Canada's international risk status has not been affected by the latest case.

Canada mad cow case delays OIE status change

Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:26pm EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada has confirmed its 17th case of mad cow disease, a finding that will delay any upgrade to its international risk status by one year, a top industry official said on Wednesday. The animal was born in February 2004, making it Canada's latest-born case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The new case pushes back the earliest date for an upgrade to Canada's controlled risk status from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to 2016, said Ted Haney, president of the Canada Beef Export Federation.

A country cannot apply to upgrade to negligible status sooner than 11 years after the latest-born case of BSE. The process then takes about one year.

Canada, along with many other countries with controlled risk status from the OIE, can ship beef as long as it meets conditions such as disease surveillance.

The infected animal, which has been slaughtered, has not affected trade, Haney said.

The 2003 discovery of the first case of mad cow disease on a Canadian farm caused many countries to halt imports of Canadian beef. Most markets have since reopened, but the cattle industry remains in a slump due to other factors such as a strong Canadian dollar.

Mad cow disease is believed to be spread when cattle eat protein rendered from the brains and spines of infected cattle or sheep. Canada banned that practice in 1997.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tightened feed rules further in 2007 and said the moves should help eliminate the disease nationally within a decade, although the agency cautioned it still expected to discover the occasional new case.

CFIA spokeswoman Julie LePage confirmed the 17th case but could not provide details of the new case.

The CFIA notified cattle industry officials of the new case late last month, but did not issue a news release, Haney said.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel, editing by Julie Ingwersen)

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The most recent assessments (and reassessments) were published in June 2005 (Table I; 18), and included the categorisation of Canada, the USA, and Mexico as GBR III. Although only Canada and the USA have reported cases, the historically open system of trade in North America suggests that it is likely that BSE is present also in Mexico.

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