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UK government urged to screen for BSE in sheep

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1178
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Fast screening tools are urgently needed for detecting any bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in sheep, the UK Food Standards Agency has warned. The agency said that current research is too slow and warns that if BSE is found in the 40 million strong national flock, existing controls would have to be revised.

    Concern has been expressed that some of the 4000 sheep who die of scrapie each year in the United Kingdom have BSE, …

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