Bovine spongiform encephalopathy,
Information received on 12/05/2017 from Dr Valentín Almansa, Director General, Sanidad de la Produccion Agraria, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Madrid, Spain
Report type Immediate notification (Final report)
Date of start of the event 27/04/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 05/05/2017
Report date 12/05/2017
Date submitted to OIE 12/05/2017
Date event resolved 10/05/2017
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 10/03/2017
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Prion (Atypical BSE type L)
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Camargo, CANTABRIA, Cantabria
Date of start of the outbreak 27/04/2017
Outbreak status Resolved (10/05/2017)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 51 1 0 1 0
Affected population A case positive to type L BSE. Cohort localized. Investigation ongoing.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 51 1 0 1 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Cattle 1.96% 0.00% 0.00% 1.96%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments On April 28th, 2017, the Central Veterinary Laboratory at Algete (National Reference Laboratory for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005) received a brainstem sample suspected to be BSE-positive from the regional accredited animal health laboratory of Cantabria (official regional laboratory) after a positive result was obtained through the Bio-Rad TeSeE SAP rapid test. The National Reference Laboratory undertook the confirmatory tests authorized according to Regulation (EU) No. 1148/2014. The selected assays associated were Western blot (Prionics) and ELISA (TeSeE SAP Bio-Rad). Following positive results to both assays, the National Reference Laboratory performed assays to discriminate the BSE strains by immunoblotting with results for atypical BSE type L on May 5th, 2017. The sample was taken within the national TSE surveillance program (sampling of dead or non-slaughtered animals for human consumption over 48 months old). The animal was a crossbred (conjunto mestizo) female born on 25 February 2002.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Traceability
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Selective killing and disposal
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Official destruction of animal products
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Central Veterinary Laboratory, Algete (National laboratory) Cattle enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) 05/05/2017 Positive
Central Veterinary Laboratory, Algete (National laboratory) Cattle western blot 05/05/2017 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations