Officials have warned that inefficient live cattle checks at the Bosnian borders are facilitating the spread of BSE.

At a press conference in Sarajevo last week (28 November), federal agricultural minister Faruk Mekic explained that because of a absence of controls, nearly 130 Bosnians have been infected this year alone with Q-fever. Recent tests have confirmed that around 2% of the Republic’s cattle and over 2.5% of its sheep are infected with Q-fever.

Jozo Bagaric, veterinary medicine assistant to Mekic, revealed that the lack of control labs also means that there is no way to prevent the spread of BSE. A beef ban was implemented on German imports earlier last week, but in the neighbouring administration district of the Serb Republic there remains no supervision on cattle imports at all.