- Hello Jeff - Mad Cat Disease still occurring. Pet food
is suspected as cause. I thought that pet food was now safeguarded and
banned substances were omitted from it. The FDA and European Union etal
always reassures us that both animal and human food supply is safe? Well,
maybe it is not as safe as they claim and we were right all along.
- Then again, maybe there is more then pet food or food
causing spongiform encephalopathy?
- A ProMED-mail post
- ProMED-mail is a program of the
- International Society for Infectious Diseases
- Source - Swissinfo
- 22 Aug 2003 [edited]
- Mad Cat Disease
- A 2nd case of feline spongiform encephalopathy (FSE),
a disease affecting the brain tissue of cats, has been recorded in Switzerland.
- The veterinary authorities said the likely cause of the
infection, which is similar to mad cow disease, was contaminated pet food.
A 1st case of FSE was reported 2 years ago. Experts say the disease poses
no health risk for people
- [When the identification of FSE was initially published
by the Bristol Veterinary School in 1990, this was the 1st indication that
BSE is capable of crossing the species barrier and sparked fears that it
might affect humans as well. This was confirmed 6 years later.
- According to DEFRA's BSE-site's update of 30 Jun 2003,
89 FSE cases have been diagnosed in the UK so far, including 20 since 1996
(the last one in 2001). Of these 20 cases, 8 could be clearly identified
as having been born after September 1990 (i.e., the date the ban on the
use of SBO was extended to any animal feed). 5 additional cases have been
reported outside the UK, namely N. Ireland, Norway, Liechtenstein (one
case each), and Switzerland (2 cases, including the current one).
- In addition, 21 cases of TSE regarded to be FSE have
been reported in exotic felids in zoos, their age ranging between 6 and
17 years. Of those, 16 have been recorded in the UK (5 cheetahs, 2 lions,
3 ocelots, 3 pumas, & 3 tigers). 5 additional cases, in cheetahs, have
reportedly been identified outside the UK: 1 in Australia (1991; the very
1st case diagnosed in a cheetah), 1 in Ireland, & 3 in France. 4 of
these cases are known to have originated in the UK, while one was diagnosed
in a cheetah born in France. See under "other TSEs" in
- A presumptive FSE case in an imported Asian Golden Cat
in an Australian zoo
- was reported in August 2002.
- Data on the age of the current, 2nd FSE case in Switzerland
and on the
- suspected petfood will be helpful. - Mod.AS]
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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