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A new case of mad cow disease has been identified in Britain, it was revealed today.

The UK death toll from BSE stands at 177 since teenager Stephen Churchill died of a fatal brain condition linked to mad cow disease in 1995.

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Wales: A cow has tested positive for Mad Cow Disease

15:54, 1 OCT 2015 BY RICHARD SMITH , DAVID OTTEWELL

It was found in a dead cow on a farm in Wales.

The animal had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health, said the Food Standards Agency and Public Health Wales.

The UK death toll from BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) stands at 177 since Stephen Churchill, aged 19, died of a fatal brain condition linked to mad cow disease in 1995.

As panic swept the country more than four million cattle were slaughtered to stop the infection spreading.

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More than 180,000 cattle were thought to have been hit by the disease and the European Union put a ban on importing British beef between 1996 and 2006.

But only one case of BSE was identified in animals last year - following three cases in 2013.

The location of the Welsh farm in the latest case has not been revealed.

The Welsh Government said BSE was found in a dead cow as a result of strict control measures, which require all animals over four years old that die on a farm to be routinely tested for the disease,

Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, said today: "Identification of this case demonstrates that the controls we have in place are working well.

"Beef across the UK continues to be produced in compliance with the World Organisation for Animal Health rules."

Officials were working to investigate the circumstances of the case, she said.

It is the first BSE case in Wales since 2013.

The first human victim Stephen Churchill, from Wiltshire, was a fit teenager studying A-levels so he could join the RAF, when his parents noticed he was looking thin and miserable.



His schoolwork deteriorated and he began to walk unsteadily - then he began to hallucinate.

It took just 10 months before he needed care 24 hours-a-day and was completely unable to walk or communicate. He died on May 21 1995.

The task of isolating and tracking BSE in animals and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans has proved difficult because the incubation period lasts from two to eight years.

At the height of the vCJD "epidemic" in 2000, there were 28 deaths across Britain and 20 fatalities the following year.

A leading group monitoring the outbreak warned up to 500,000 people could suffer a similarly horrifying death.

But only one person has died from mad cow disease in Britain since 2012, according to official statistics.

It was confirmed in 1996 that vCJD - which like BSE riddles brain tissue with tiny holes, giving it a sponge-like appearance under a microscope - was linked to eating infected material.

The disease classically causes progressive dementia, mood changes and psychosis, as well as physical symptoms like seizures and jerky movements. The majority of patients die within six months.

Mad cow disease proteins carried by one in 2,000 Britons - DOUBLE previous estimates

UK DEATHS FROM vCJD

1995 / 3
1996 / 10
1997 / 10
1998 / 18
1999 / 15
2000 / 28
2001 / 20
2002 / 17
2003 / 18
2004 / 9
2005 / 5
2006 / 5
2007 / 5
2008 / 2
2009 / 3
2010 / 3
2011 / 5
2012 / 0
2013 / 1
2014 / 0
2015 / 0


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