Bulgaria Opens Mad Cow Lab

Politics | May 16, 2005, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

A laboratory for the research of mad cow disease has opened doors in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, to the north of Bulgaria.

The new center is designed to carry out diagnostics of infected cattle in the area of North East Bulgaria. The laboratory has an equipment worth of EUR 250,000 financed under the PHARE program as well as two doctors and two nurses, Bulgarian National Radio informed.

Bulgaria does not have any mad cow record so far, but a scandal raged in August last year over an illegally imported mad cow disease test.

The Netherlands diagnosed its first known case of the human form of "mad cow disease" - known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) - earlier in April.

vCJD is thought to be caused by eating beef products from cows infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) as it is properly called.

Tissue close to the animal's nervous system is especially dangerous.

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