According to an alert issued May 5 by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), a 12-year-old cow was identified in Brazil with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The investigation began in April 2014, after a fallen cow arriving at slaughterhouse in the state of Mato Grosso suspected to be having neurological problems.
As stated in the report, meat and other products from this animal did not enter the food chain. The animal’s movement was traced and offsprings from the female were located on 10 other properties in 3 different municipalities in the state of Mato Grosso.
Although the 49 offsprings did not show clinical signs, the animals were destroyed and tested for BSE as part of a routine inspection process. The results of the test conducted by the National Agricultural Laboratory were negative.