USDA reports another possible BSE case

first_imgNov 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today it is running confirmatory tests on a possible new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The first BSE case spurred the USDA to expand its BSE surveillance program starting in June. The new possible case was one of the high-risk animals targeted in the surveillance program, said Andrea Morgan, associate deputy administrator for veterinary services in the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She spoke at a morning news conference, a transcript of which was published online. In late June the USDA reported inconclusive results on single BSE screening tests on two different cows. Further testing ruled out the disease in both cases, but the initial test results shook the beef industry. As a result, in August the USDA set a policy whereby it will make no announcement until two BSE screening tests on the same animal are inconclusive. Two rapid screening tests on a cow were inconclusive, prompting the USDA to begin confirmatory tests, which will take 4 to 7 days, officials said in a statement. The carcass was kept out of the food and animal feed chains, the agency said. It did not reveal where the cow came from or where it was initially tested. USDA news briefing transcript Morgan said today that after one test was inconclusive, “We allowed the submitting laboratory to rerun the test, and they got yet another indication on the rerun of an inconclusive.” The result was reported early this morning, she said. Morgan said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” After the first BSE case was found, the agency banned nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and high-risk cattle tissues, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from the human food chain. SRMs include the skull, brain, spinal cord, vertebral column, and certain nerve bundles from cattle older than 30 months, plus the tonsils and small intestine of cattle of all ages. Morgan said the SRM ban would protect the public if another BSE case is confirmed. The USDA says it has tested more than 113,000 cattle since June 1 in its expanded BSE surveillance program. The program mainly targets animals considered to be at increased risk for BSE, including those that can’t walk, die on farms, are injured, or show signs of neurologic disease. Up to 12 labs around the country have been authorized to conduct the rapid BSE screening tests.center_img If the case is confirmed, it would be the nation’s second. The first case, detected last December in a cow in Washington state, prompted dozens of countries to stop importing US beef. The Bush administration recently announced a tentative agreement with Japan on conditions for reopening the Japanese market to American beef. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Morgan stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so that they will detect any samples that could possibly be positive.” Aug 9 CIDRAP News story on USDA policy on reporting BSE test results USDA news release on inconclusive test Tissue samples from the cow have been sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for confirmatory tests, Morgan said. “If the test comes back positive for BSE we will then be providing additional information about the animal and its origin,” she stated. See also:last_img read more

Bultman has 6th sense

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoCall it soccer intangibles. Call it a sixth sense. Call it a killer instinct. Whatever “it” is, Brian Bultman possesses it.Bultman, a sophomore forward for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team, has consistently provided the sparks for the Badgers’ offense this season with a combination of sheer athleticism and offensive savvy.”If anyone was to describe Brian, they would say how he is so opportunistic,” UW head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “He has a sort of sixth sense of where the ball is going to end up on a rebound, or a shot, or a deflection. He seems to be one of those guys that’s in the right place at the right time and has a sense of where things are going to pop out. He does a good job at putting [rebounds] away.”So far this season, Bultman, who has started all nine of the Badgers’ games, has asserted himself as one of the more dynamic players on the Wisconsin offense.Coming into Wednesday’s game against in-state rival UW-Milwaukee, Bultman led the team with eight points on four goals. His most dramatic goal came against a tough Western Michigan squad Sept. 2, when his tally proved to be the game-winner in UW’s first victory of the season.Standing just under six feet tall and weighing less than 170 pounds, Bultman relies much on his keen offensive intuition to produce scoring opportunities for the Badgers. “It comes from years of playing,” Bultman said. “I’ve always been a forward because I’ve always had that ability to get in the box and put [shots] away. “It also comes from the team, though. Playing with the guys everyday, you build chemistry with your teammates, which makes it easier during games to put those shots away.”Bultman’s knack for making big plays this season has raised the eyebrows of teammates and coaches. “Certainly when you look at him and watch him, he possesses a great deal of athleticism,” Rohrman said. “He’s extremely quick, he’s good on the turn and he’s got a great mindset for scoring goals.”I think that’s a very positive quality and one that really helps him get on the end of things. He does a good job of pouncing on those loose balls.”Bultman, a native of Tucson, Ariz., came to UW with an impressive high school résumé. As a junior, Bultman scored a school record 39 goals, including seven in a single game. As a freshman last season, he showed brief flashes of brilliance when he scored three goals on four shots, all of which came in the same game.But with all young players, Bultman’s game leaves much to be desired. Under the tutelage of Rohrman, there is little doubt that Bultman can develop into one of the Big Ten’s marquee players. “He has gotten away with a lot of his athleticism up to this point,” Rohrman said. “I think he does a great job when he gets in behind defenses and when he gets into one-on-one situations, but some of the other things that a forward needs to bring, Brian is still improving on.”Certainly he has the will and determination to improve on those areas. He’s one of these guys that stays late and works on those components.”Despite his numerous accolades and seemingly limitless talent, Bultman maintains a blue-collar mentality and constantly critiques his game. “I need to work on a lot of things to become a better player,” Bultman said. “I need to get a quick release and a better shot, that way I’ll be able to score a lot more goals.”Rohrman is quick to praise Bultman for his team-oriented attitude. “One of the qualities that I like in him is that he is humble. … He understands that he has a few weaknesses, but he’s not afraid to acknowledge that or work at it and strive to get better everyday,” Rohrman said.Unfortunately, after jumping out to an impressive 5-2-2 start, the Badgers have stumbled in recent weeks. Their last two games against Big Ten rivals Michigan State and Northwestern have both ended in disappointing 3-0 losses. In both games, the UW defense was marred by numerous breakdowns and unlucky bounces while the offense squandered multiple scoring chances around the goal. Heading into the final stretch of the season, the Badgers will need to capitalize every scoring opportunity that emerges if they hope to continue their run at a Big Ten Championship.To do so, it seems likely the Badgers will be counting on Bultman to provide some much needed offensive firepower in upcoming weeks.last_img read more

Iran Wins First World Cup Match in 20 Years

first_imgIranian football fans have every reason to thank their stars as Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in injury time to hand Iran their first win in a World Cup match in 20 years.Bouhaddouz mistakenly headed the ball into his own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute (five minutes into the injury time) as Morocco defended a left-wing free-kick.The result was harsh on the African side, who wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied several scoring chances including a late attempt that Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand saved from Hakim Ziyech. Morocco started as the stronger side, but the best chance the side could muster for all their dominance was a goal-mouth scramble when Younes Belhanda saw a shot blocked before Medhi Benatia’s follow-up was kept out by goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.Iran grew in confidence towards the end of the half and should have been in front when Vahid Amiri sent Sardar Azmoun through on goal, but the striker got the ball stuck in his feet and by the time he got a shot off, goalkeeper Munir had come off his line to make the save.The Asian side at the end sealed the victory to make it their second win in World Cup history after a 2-1 win over the United States at France 1998.Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Egypt lost 0-1 to Uruguay in Group A, thanks to a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez.Both goals against Egypt and Morocco came from almost the same point and time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more