Peloponnese sheep quarantined over BSE fears

A flock of 85 sheep in Gortynia, in the Peloponnese, has been placed in quarantine after the animals were found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known by its acronym BSE or as “made cow disease,” even though it can also be transmitted to sheep and goats.

State veterinarian services said they have taken all the necessary measures to ensure that the disease is contained and does not spread to other farms in the village of Pournaria.

A farm in Fthiotida, central Greece, was quarantined in March after two cases of BSE were discovered there, almost 10 years since the disease last appeared in Greece.

BSE can be transmitted to humans who eat food derived from the infected animals.

In humans, the disease is known as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.