French goat may have died from BSE

November 3, 2004, as reported by French scientists fear they may have the first case of BSE in a non-bovine livestock. A recently deceased goat is suspected of having been infected with the brain-wasting virus.

A section of its brain has been sent to European Union’s senior laboratory, in Weybridge, England for conclusive testing. Depending on the panel’s report, the European Food Safety Authority will be asked to update EU risk controls for goats.

On its own, the case presents no health risk as it was an isolated case and the goat and its herd have not been slaughtered for food.