Bovine spongiform encephalopathy,
Information received on 17/01/2014 from Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, Ministerial Dirigentin and Chief Veterinary Officer , Directorate of Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) , Bonn, Germany
Report type Immediate notification (Final report)
Date of start of the event 30/12/2013
Date of confirmation of the event 09/01/2014
Report date 17/01/2014
Date submitted to OIE 17/01/2014
Date event resolved 16/01/2014
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 22/06/2009
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Prion (atypical BSE L-type)
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (14-031-00001) 14-031-00001, Eisenhüttenstadt-Lawitz, Oder-Spree, Brandenburg
Date of start of the outbreak 30/12/2013
Outbreak status Resolved (16/01/2014)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 80 1 0 7 6
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 80 1 0 7 6
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Cattle 1.25% 0.00% 0.00% 16.25%
*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 As part of the German targeted bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance system, a case of BSE classified as atypical (L-type) was identified in a cow at slaughter. An epidemiological investigation of the event was conducted. The summary of the event is as follows: • The cow was slaughtered at the age of ten years and five months without clinical signs of disease. • Results from immunoblot tests at the National Reference Laboratory (Friedrich-Loeffler Institute) confirmed the animal positive for atypical BSE of the L-type, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed. • The animal’s carcass was destroyed. The identified animal did not enter food supply channels, and so at no time did it present any risk to human health. • The epidemiological investigation identified seven offspring cattle, five of which were already slaughtered and two of which were still on the farm of origin and have been killed and destroyed. The tracing of the bovines born on the farm from one year before until one year after the birth of the identified cow revealed 5 bovines which have subsequently been killed and destroyed. The OIE does not recognize an atypical form of BSE as a distinct entity for the purpose of its international standards; therefore, it is not mentioned in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code, which does not distinguish between different forms of BSE.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Screening
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
  • Modified stamping out
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI) (National laboratory) Cattle western blot 09/01/2014 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations