BSE declines world-wide

by Editor
Monday, May 08, 2006

The cases of BSE have declined world-wide in past years according to the UN. In total the number of sick animals declined by 50 per cent between 2004 and 2005, the Food&Agriculture Oganisation (FAO) announced in Rome, according to data collected by the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE).

During 2003 there were still 1,646 cases of mad cows disease, but in 2004 they declined to 878 and sank to 474 last year. "During the time of the international alarm regarding bird flu it is good news that the battle against another worrying disease could be won", says the FAO. Thenumber of the new variant, the Creutzfeld-Jakob-disease, has declined among dead people. The brain disease is caused by consuming diseased beef.