Italy declares second-ever madcow case

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Italy declares second-ever madcow case

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Italy has reported its second-ever case of madcow disease, the brain-wasting condition linked to eating contaminated beef.

A 42-year-old woman is currently in a coma in Livorno, western Tuscany.

The only previous case was registered in 2002 on the island of Sicily.

It is not known how she developed the illness , also known as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease or CJD.

Last week, the EU said the threat from madcow was over.

At the height of the crisis 14 years ago, the EU banned British live cattle exports on health grounds.

The UK government at the time said it had found evidence of a link between eating tainted beef and CJD.

The ban was only lifted in 2006.