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USDA: British lab concurs with mad cow test results

(CNN)—Scientists in Waybridge, England, confirmed the test results done by U.S. scientists on a cow presumed to be infected with mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

The Department of Agriculture considers this confirmation of the disease, but the British laboratory must conduct its own tests on the tissue before reaching the conclusion that the U.S. cow had Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

"The UK veterinary pathologists concur with our interpretation of the December 22 positive test conducted by USDA pathologists at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa," the department said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The department expects additional tests "will be consistent with the earlier finding," according to its Web site.

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