After Bird Flu, Mad Cow Disease

Swedish authorities say they have detected a suspected case of BSE, or Mad Cow Disease.

According to the National Veterinary Institute, a preliminary test found BSE in a dead cow on a farm in central Sweden. Samples from the animal have been sent to a laboratory in Britain. If confirmed, this would be this country’s first case of Mad Cow Disease.

The results are expected within two weeks.

The announcement came the same day the authorities here reported two wild ducks have been found carrying an aggressive form of bird flu. Tests are underway to determine if it is the lethal H5N1 strain.