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Third Inconclusive BSE Test Reported

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November 18, 2004

Another inconclusive result for bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a cow was reported from a rapid screening test this morning, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

“The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” said Andrea Morgan, APHIS associate deputy administrator. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive.”

Tissue samples have been sent to the USDA’s Veterinary Services Laboratories, and results are expected back within four to seven days.

This is the third inconclusive result reported this year. The previous two, reported in July, were confirmed negative for BSE.

Since the first two tests, however, the USDA has changed its reporting procedures for inconclusive tests. That this result has been announced means the sample tested inconclusive twice. The first two reports had been tested once prior to the announcement of the results, reported Morgan during a question-and-answer session this morning.

11-18-2004Third Inconclusive BSE Test ReportedThird Inconclusive BSE Test ReportedThird Inconclusive BSE Test ReportedThird Inconclusive BSE Test ReportedThird Inconclusive BSE Test ReportedAnother inconclusive result for bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a cow was reported from a rapid screening test this morning, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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