Spain confirmed a case of mad cow disease

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Spain has confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in the northwestern province of Castilla y Leon, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday.

Routine testing showed a positive result for atypical BSE type L disease in a tissue from an animal in a cattle farm in Horcajo Medianero, near the town of Salamanca, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from Spain’s agriculture ministry, reports Reuters.

Widespread cases of mad cow disease hit cattle herds in Britain and other European countries in the 1990s. The so-called atypical cases have occasionally been detected in recent years and can lead to temporary trade restrictions.

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