Brazil: Mad cow case confirmed as atypical


The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock confirmed in Braille on Thursday (March 2) that the case of mad cow disease detected in the municipality of Maraba, Para state is an atypical case (atypical type H), in other words, without the risk of transmission. This possibility was already foreseen by the ministry.

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The atypical form of bovine spongiform encephalitis occurs in older animals, spontaneously in nature, rather than being transmitted in the traditional way, by ingestion of contaminated feed.

“Since this is an atypical condition, that is, it occurred due to natural causes in a single 9-year-old animal and all health measures were taken immediately, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock is immediately taking measures, in accordance with the protocols,” the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said in a statement. Health, so that Brazilian beef exports are resumed as soon as possible.

The last cases of mad cow disease were recorded in Brazil It happened in 2021in Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso.

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