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Scottish government confirms case of mad cow disease on farm in Aberdeenshire

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The Scottish government has today confirmed a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) on a farm in Aberdeenshire.

Movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while further investigations are carried out, the government said in a statement.

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Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Following confirmation of a case of classical BSE in Aberdeenshire, I have activated the Scottish government’s response plan to protect our valuable farming industry, including establishing a precautionary movement ban being placed on the farm.”

BSE, also known as mad cow disease, can cause the fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans.

BSE devastated the British farming industry in the 1990s with more than four million cattle slaughtered to stop the spread of the disease.

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