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Fresh Mad Cow in Austria

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Fresh Case of Mad Cow Disease in Austria

A cow from a tiny alpine farm in western Austria has been found to be infected with mad cow disease, Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat announced today.


The dead cow had been exported to Germany, where the diagnosis was made during a routine test, Rauch-Kallat told reporters, the Austria Press Agency reported.

“There is absolutely no danger for the population,” she was quoted as saying.


It was unclear how the cow caught the disease. The farm, located in a the remote mountain village of Kleinwalsertal, had only six cattle. All had been killed and would be tested for the disease.

Austria’s last mad cow disease case was discovered in November 2001. More than 200,000 animals are tested for the disease each year in Austria.

Kleinwalsertal is located about 60 miles west of Innsbruck, near the German border.
 
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