Low incidence of TSEs in the EU, EFSA confirms

1 Dec 2017 12:36 PM

EFSA has published its second EU summary report on the monitoring of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

TSEs are a group of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals. These include bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), scrapie and chronic wasting disease (CWD). With the exception of classical BSE, there is no scientific evidence that TSEs can be transmitted to humans.

This report provides results on data collected by all EU Member States, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland for 2016.

Main findings are:

For the first time since the BSE epidemic started and BSE cases have been reported, the UK did not report any cases of the disease.

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