28 Apr '12, 12pm

What Exactly is Mad Cow Disease and Are You at Risk of Getting It?

What Exactly is Mad Cow Disease and Are You at Risk of Getting It?

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, often called mad cow disease, made the news most recently when the USDA confirmed its fourth case in a dairy cow in central California. According to the USDA statement "[i]t was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. Additionally, milk does not transmit BSE." A Closer Look at Mad Cow Disease Dangerous or not, it left many wondering whether they were ever at risk of contracting mad cow, so I thought it prudent to take a closer look at what the disease actually is and the dangers it presents to both humans and animals. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has a confusing name, but each portion of the name makes good scientific sense. Bovine means cow, spongiform refers to the idea that infected cow brains look like sponges, and encephalopathy means disease of ...

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