Scotland reports case of mad cow disease

By Thomson Reuters May 10, 2024 | 5:15 AM

LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish government on Friday confirmed a case of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, on a farm in the southwest of the country.

The government has imposed precautionary movement restrictions at impacted premises and on animals which had been in contact with the case in Ayrshire, it said in a statement.

Further investigations to identify the origin of the disease are ongoing, the statement said, adding that there was no risk to human health as a result of the isolated case.

“I want to reassure both farmers and the public that the risk associated with this isolated case is minimal. But, if any farmers are concerned, I would urge them to seek veterinary advice,” Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said.

(Reporting by Muvija M; editing by William James)