Possibility of BSE in sheep causes alarmBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7160.700 (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:700
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
The British government is coming under pressure to order surveillance of sheep to see if flocks are infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Professor Jeffrey Almond, a member of the government's Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC), spoke this week of a “distinct possibility” that BSE could be found in sheep and recommended more extensive research.
Professor Almond, a virologist and professor of microbiology at the University of Reading, is to head a new subcommittee of SEAC to produce specific recommendations for a programme of research. He was speaking on BBC radio's Farming Today after an article in Nature (1998;395:6-7) quoted a member of SEAC as saying that if BSE has passed into the sheep population “we could be facing a potential national emergency.”
Professor Almond says that the possibility remains that BSE was introduced into the …