October 10, 2003
Japan confirmed its eighth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on Monday, Oct. 6, 2003. The animal, a Holstein bull aged 23 months, was born in Tochigi Prefecture in October 2001, raised in the Fukushima Prefecture and slaughtered in the Ibaraki Prefecture.
The case differs from previous cases of BSE with the animal being male as well as younger than most previous cases around the world.
The case was discovered through the testing procedures that the Japanese government put in place after the discovery of the first BSE case in 2001.