PARIS (B)--The French Agriculture Ministry on Dec. 8 reported four new cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, bringing the official total so far this year to 129. The cases were discovered in the western districts of the Manche, the Mayenne and the Loire. The cows were born between August 1994 and June 1995.
Three cases were detected within the French passive surveillance program, while one case was found through the active detection program. The herds in which the cows were detected will be destroyed in accordance with French law.
This brings the total number since 1991 to 208 cases.