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Mad Cow Disease outbreak confirmed on Ayrshire farm as community on alert

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The Ayrshire farming community has been placed on alert after it was confirmed today that a case of classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also commonly known as as Mad Cow Disease, has been confirmed on a farm in the region.Ayrshire Live can reveal how precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at impacted premises and cover animals which have been in contact with the case.Further investigations to identify the origin of the disease are “ongoing.”It is understood that this is standard procedure for a confirmed case of classical BSE.The case was identified as a result of routine surveillance and stringent control measures.

The animal did not enter the human food chain. Food Standards Scotland have confirmed there is no risk to human health as a result of this isolated case.The owners of the affected animals are working with authorities on next steps.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now.Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.Agriculture Minister Jim Fairlie said: “Following confirmation of a case of classical BSE in Ayrshire, the Scottish Government and other agencies took swift and robust action to protect the agriculture sector.

This included establishing a precautionary movement ban on the farm.“The fact we identified this isolated case so quickly is proof that our surveillance system for detecting this type of disease is working effectively.“I want to thank the animal’s

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