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Positive mad cow test in Washington state

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A positive test for mad cow disease in the state of Washington was announced late Tuesday by the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said it was too early to call the presumptively positive test an isolated incident, however, she said there was no indication of a larger problem with the U.S. beef supply.

The incident was not the result of terrorism, she added.

The farm south of Yakima, Wash., where the hapless Holstein came from was quarentined while further sample testing was conducted in Britain.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International

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