Mad cow disease identified in Canada

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 20, 2003: The U.S. immediately halted all beef, cattle and animal feed trade with Canada where a case of mad cow disease was diagnosed today. The Canadian government is adamant in its belief that this is an isolated incident stressing that only one cow has tested positive but trouble determining the source of the disease have left fear of additional cases.

The news was a shock for western Canadian ranchers and the financial markets where plummeting livestock prices caused trading to cease. Canada is the world's 10th largest beef producer, representing 2.5 percent of total world output.

Full story from the New York Times Online, 5/20/2003. "Case of Mad Cow in Canada Prompts U.S. to Ban Its Beef" By CLIFFORD KRAUSS with SANDRA BLAKESLEE