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Japan May Have 15th BSE Case

posted on February 25, 2005

A cow in northern Japan tested positive for mad cow disease this week, an official said. If confirmed, it would be Japans 15th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the fatal brain wasting disease.

Preliminary tests of the Holstein cow, already dead when it was brought in to authorities, turned up positive in Hokkaido prefecture. The cows age was not disclosed.

In early February, Japan reported its first human case of the disease. But authorities said it was likely the man contracted the disease while living in Great Britain.

Earlier this month, a Japanese government panel took the first step toward partially lifting a ban on U.S. beef imports, but the decision still must be approved by the government.

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