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Strange Statements Regarding
Mad Cow In Canada

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello, Jeff - What kind of ProMed comment is this?? The moderator estimates the mad cow's age at 6 and a half years and ponders if 'feed contamination'
caused the disease.
My math tells me the ruminants in feed ban took place in 1997 or there about.  1997 is far more than 6 and a half years ago.
Promed's best and brightest then goes on to ponder that maybe it is not a prion but a "virus".  Huh?  
Also note 'Manitoba' in the title. It is not Manitoba but Alberta.  This is all very strange for Promed.
"A 77-month-old cow is a about 6.5 years old. So a couple of questions come to mind: Is this from a feed contamination issue? Or is this agent really a prion? Could it be a virus? 
These are intended as thought provoking questions. These questions are not tossed out to receive answers as there are a host of research papers, as well as opinions, but rather they are tossed out as rhetorical questions. - Moderator TG"
Date: 4 Mar 2011
Source: Reuters (edited)
Alberta Dairy Cow Found To Have Mad Cow Disease
Canadian government officials have found a dairy cow in Alberta with mad cow disease, but the finding is not surprising and shouldn't affect beef exports, a spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Friday [4 Mar 2011]. The agency confirmed the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE as the disease is also known, on 18 Feb 2011 in a 77-month-old dairy cow, spokesman Guy Gravelle said.
In 2003, the 1st discovery of a cow in Canada with the disease led to closures of numerous export markets to Canadian beef. Most have reopened, other than South Korea and China, and importers are no longer as sensitive to new cases as countries such as Canada now have monitoring systems in place.
Canada continues to be rated a "controlled risk" for the disease by the World Organization for Animal Health, Gravelle said. The newest case may delay any upgrade to Canada's international risk status as a country cannot apply for negligible status sooner than 11 years after the latest-born case.
The cow has been destroyed and no part of its carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems, Gravelle said.
The case, which is believed to be Canada's 18th, should not affect exports of Canadian cattle or beef, he said, as a small number of BSE cases are expected as Canada monitors for the disease.
Byline: Rod Nickel, reporter; Walter Bagley, editor
Communicated by:
Terry S. Singeltary Sr. 
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at:http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health
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