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A Case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Denmark


Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in cattle, was first described in England by Wells et al. (1987). The infection occurs mainly due to digestion of feedstuffs containing ruminant derived protein in form of meat and bone meal contaminated with a scrapie-like agent (Wilesmith et al. 1991). Later, cases of BSE were diagnosed in the Republic of Ireland, Oman, France, and Switzerland (Marinovic & Senn 1991). This report describes the first case of BSE in Denmark.


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The authors are grateful to Dr. R. Bradley and Dr.G.A.H. Wells, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, UK, for confirmation of the diagnosis.

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Agerholm, J.S., Krogh, H.V., Nielsen, T.K. et al. A Case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Denmark. Acta Vet Scand 34, 99–100 (1993).

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