With two non-related BSE cases on their hands, Canadian investigators are keeping busy. Here’s a snap shot of the latest developments in each case.

Case # 2 which was confirmed in a dairy cow on Jan. 2.

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that this animal, born in 1996, was exposed to feed rations containing meat and bone meal.
  • That feed was produced before the ruminant feed ban that went into effect in 1997.
  • Nine animals from the birth cohort of this infected animal have been euthanized and tested negative for BSE.
  • During the investigation to find all birth cohorts of this animal, CFIA investigators determined that three animals were exported to the United States. U.S. officials have been notified.
  • U.S. and Canadian investigators are still looking for 27 animals of interest from the birth cohort.  

Case # 3 which was confirmed in a beef cow on Jan. 11. 

  • Thirty-seven animals have been identified as part of the birth cohort for this infected beef cow which was born in March 1998. All have been quarantined. They will all be euthanized and tested for BSE.
  • Investigators are collecting information pertaining to the feed used on the farm of origin. They are also tracing records from the farm of origin and investigating feed retailers and manufacturers.  
  • CFIA officials are working with international animal health and feed experts to review how well the industry has complied with the feed ban. The results of this investigation should be released later this week.

For more information, or to track the progress of the investigation on you own, go to www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/bseesbindexe.shtml