first_imgJan 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Canada today reported its third confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), just 9 days after confirming its second case.The case was in an Alberta beef cow just under 7 years old, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said. “No part of the animal has entered the human food or animal feed systems,” the agency said.The cow was tested in Canada’s normal BSE surveillance program, which targets high-risk cattle, officials said.The CFIA said the definitive diagnosis of BSE, or mad cow disease, was made today at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg. An initial test by Alberta authorities was inconclusive, prompting confirmatory testing at the Winnipeg lab.Investigators have identified the cow’s birthplace and determined that it was born in March 1998—after Canada imposed its 1997 ban on the feeding of ruminant animal protein to ruminants. “Based on preliminary information, feed produced prior to the introduction of the 1997 feed ban in Canada remains the most likely source of infection in this animal,” the CFIA said.Cattle are believed to contract BSE by eating protein from infected cattle. Until 1997, both Canada and the United States allowed the use of cattle parts in cattle feed. Humans who eat meat products from BSE-infected cattle are thought to be at risk for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the fatal human equivalent of BSE.”Public health remains protected through the removal of specified risk material (SRM) from all animals slaughtered for human food,” the CFIA said. SRMs are tissues that are likely to contain the BSE agent if the cow is infected.The CFIA said Canada’s BSE safeguards “have been designed with the understanding that BSE is potentially present in a small and declining number of animals. This includes animals born before and shortly after the 1997 feed ban. The Government of Canada continues to believe that the ruminant to ruminant feed ban introduced in 1997 has limited the spread of BSE and remains effective.”The initial announcement of Canada’s second BSE case came Dec 30, the same day the US government announced plans to lift its BSE-related ban on the importation of live Canadian cattle. Starting Mar 7, the US Department of Agriculture plans to allow the importation of Canadian cattle less than 30 months old and destined for slaughter before they reach that age. The move was based on a determination that Canada is a “minimal risk” country for BSE.The head of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Dr. Ron DeHaven, said today that the USDA is still confident that Canadian and US BSE safeguards provide “utmost protections” to US consumers and cattle. However, he said the agency will send a technical team to Canada to look into the latest cases.”Since this animal was born shortly after the implementation of Canada’s feed ban and to determine if there are any potential links among the positive animals, we will expedite sending a technical team to Canada to evaluate the circumstances surrounding these recent finds,” DeHaven said.”We appreciate Canada’s willingness to cooperate and assist us in these efforts,” he added. “We will continue our ongoing work with Canadian officials in their epidemiological investigations to determine the facts of these cases. . . . The result of our investigation and analysis will be used to evaluate appropriate next steps in regard to the minimal risk rule published last week.”All three of Canada’s BSE cases have occurred in Alberta. The first was discovered in May 2003, and the second was confirmed on Jan 2 of this year. The latter involved an 8-year-old dairy cow from a farm northwest of Edmonton. The CFIA said the investigation of the latest case is independent of the probe into the second case.The United States’ only known BSE case, discovered in Washington state in December 2003, involved a cow that came from an Alberta herd.USDA officials have said that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) classifies a country as “minimal risk” if fewer than two cows for each million cattle older than 24 months are found to have BSE during the previous 4 years. Canada has about 5.5 million cattle in that age range, which would allow for up to 11 BSE cases without jeopardizing its minimal-risk status.See also:Statement by Dr. Ron DeHaven of USDA APHISlast_img read more


first_imgVillaruel had been hiding from thepolice for about 29 years, the report added. A P20,000 bail bond was recommendedfor Villaruel’s temporary liberty./PN The 68-year-old Leonardo Villaruel ofBarangay Luna, Cadiz City was caught on the strength of an arrest warrantaround 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Cadiz City police station.  center_img Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Adelino Ledesma of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 in CadizCity dated Sept. 5, 1990. BACOLOD City – Charged with arson, aman was nabbed in Barangay Zone 1, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more


first_img Press Association Millen has taken the reigns at Selhurst Park on a temporary basis after Ian Holloway parted company with Palace by mutual consent earlier in the week. After just one win from their opening eight Barclays Premier League games, the Eagles sit 19th in the table and host league leaders Arsenal in the day’s early kick-off. Caretaker manager Keith Millen has urged the Crystal Palace players to make an impression when they face Arsenal on Saturday. Former Bristol City boss Millen is relishing the prospect of facing Arsene Wenger’s side and has challenged the squad to lay down a marker for the new manager – whoever that may be. “It really is a challenge,” he said. “It is the fixture we looked at when it came out at the start of the season. It is the reason we worked so hard last year to get promoted. “That Wembley day seems a long way off now, how quickly things can change. But I just want the lads to enjoy the occasion, they are not doing it for me as I have told them I’m not looking for the job. “A new manager will be coming in and it is down to them to start impressing the new manager, whoever that may be, and I think that starts on Saturday.” Following a 4-1 home defeat to Fulham on Monday night, Palace will not be expected to cause an upset against Arsenal but Millen insists the Eagles will do their homework as they look to produce a shock result. “I think it is a great game,” he said. “No-one expects us to get anything from the game. Monday was a different scenario, that was a must win game for us and obviously we didn’t do that. “Arsenal have had a tough week, they had their European game and have a cup game during the week after they have played us. “We have got to make Selhurst a tough place to come for Arsenal – try not to show too many of their positives. “We work on how we can stop Arsenal but also how we can hurt them hopefully. We spoke to some players and did some work on the training field, we will do some video work tomorrow and then it is down to me to pick the right team. “I will make sure the players are prepared and organised and they will be going out to play against the team that are top of the league. “We have got to start somewhere and there are plenty of points to play for.” Millen echoed Holloway’s sentiments about the squad having to gel together over the coming weeks but it remains to be seen if he will entrust the new signings or revert back to the bulk of the players who guided Palace to play-off success last season. last_img read more


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