06 June 2002






The Director General





Dear Dr. Vallat



Emergency Report


Report Date: 06 June 2002




On 28 May 2002, the preliminary rapid test for bovine spongioform encephalopathy (BSE) showed a positive result for a cow from the Golan Heights in the north of the country. 


The test was repeated on 29 May 2002 and followed by the immunohistochemical test as an additional method. Both the rapid test and the immunohistochemical test showed positive results.


The sample in question was sent to the OIE Reference Laboratories for BSE in Bern (Switzerland) for confirmation of diagnosis. A positive confirmation was received on 06 June 2002.


Affected animal and structure of the farm of origin:


Measures Taken:









O. Nir (Markusfeld) BVSc, MRCVS


Director of Veterinary Services

And Animal Health