From corporate media:
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The first case of mad cow disease in the United States has been discovered in Washington state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
Further tests will be conducted in the UK to confirm the case, said Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman.
BSE is linked to a similar form of the incurable brain-wasting disease in humans, called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, or vCJD. There have been a small number of cases of vCJD reported worldwide, primarily in the United Kingdom, in people who consumed BSE-contaminated meat.
"A single cow has tested presumptive positive for BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease. Despite this finding we remain confident in the safety of our food supply," said Veneman.
Full Story: http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/12/23/mad.cow/index.html