Possibility of BSE in sheep causes alarm

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:700
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    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 …

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