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Can you get mad cow disease from eating beef broth or soup made from beef bones?

Can you get mad cow disease from eating beef broth or soup made from beef bones?

No: Almost anything is possible, but you're probably ten time more likely to be struck and killed by a piece of space debris. ...Read more

Dr. Wendy Askew
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Vcjd (Definition)

vCJD is a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which is a rare neurodegenerative disease. As opposed to "classic" CJD, which starts typically in patients over 65 years old, vCJD begins primarily with psychiatric symptoms, in younger patients (<30 years old on average) than other types of CJD and has a longer duration from start ...Read more


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Does eating beef broth or soup made from beef bones causes mad cow disease?

No: The agent of MCD is found in the nerves/brain of the infected animal & could be on bones if the slaughtering process mixed the material together. That said, since the MCD surveillance started the risk of the disease is somewhat like the lottery in reverse. If you had ten million chances to win and only1 of 10mil to loose, would you worry about losing.I note only 1 case reported in the US in 2003. ...Read more

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Could you get mad cow disease by eating any beef from an infected cow?

Could you get mad cow disease by eating any beef from an infected cow?

Remotely possible: The human version of mad cow disease (vcjd) may be caused by eating beef products contaminated with central nervous system tissue from infected cattle. The usda requires all brain and spinal cord materials be removed from older cattle and any showing signs of neurological problems. Cdc says there are no cases of vcjd in usa. There's a rare sporadic form not linked to eating neuro tissue, tho'. ...Read more

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Will I get infected with mad cow disease from beef gelatine?

Will I get infected with mad cow disease from beef gelatine?

Mad cow disease: Dr. Andrew weil has a good answer. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/qaa357288 "i wouldn't worry about contracting mad cow disease from the gelatin used in the production of dietary supplements. The United States has stringent regulations in place designed to minimize any threat to humans from cattle...The fda prohibits the use of cattle materials with the highest risk of harboring bse in human foo. ...Read more

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Can you get mad cow disease by eating meat from the usa? Can you still get mad cow disease even if the meat is cooked?

Can you get mad cow disease by eating meat from the usa? Can you still get mad cow disease even if the meat is cooked?

Yes/yes: Although rare, it is possible to acquire a prion disease similar to mad cow from eating meat contaminated with infected brain tissue. Prions are different than viruses, bacteria, and fungi in that they can survive heat. Extremely high heat or strong chemicals are needed to kill/destroy prions. ...Read more

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Can you get mad cow disease from the gelatin in Altoids or vitamins?

Can you get mad cow disease from the gelatin in Altoids or vitamins?

No.: Mad Cow Disease is caused by prions, organisms that are even simpler than viruses. Prions infect the brain and spinal cord of affected animals. Gelatin comes from skin, joints and bones of animal products. Gelatin couldn't "gel" if it was contaminated with brain or spinal cord tissue. So it would be EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that you could get mad cow from vitamins or candy. ...Read more

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Do people get mad cow disease?

Do people get mad cow disease?

The human equivalent: Of mad cow disease was first reported in 1996. There have been several hundred cases, mostly in the uk, and it appears that in the last few years, there are few if any cases. The risk currently is very, very low. Remember, cooking the ground beef to well done or beyond does not decrease the risk. ...Read more

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What happens to people who get mad cow disease?

What happens to people who get mad cow disease?

Dementia: Mad cow disease in humans is typically referred to cruzfeld jacob disease symptoms is are a rapidly progressive dementia and jerking movements. ...Read more

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How does a person get mad cow disease?

How does a person get mad cow disease?

More research: "mad cow disease" is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse) -- the human variant is called variant creuzfeldt-jakob disease. The transmissible agent seems to be an abnormal protein found on cell surfaces called a "prion". But eating infected nerve tissue is not necessarily needed, because both meat-eaters and vegetarians have died of creuzfeldt -jakob disease. More to be learned. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to get mad cow disease nowadays?

The human form of...: Mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is called variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease and is primarily acquired through eating contaminated beef. Now almost 2 decades after the huge bse outbreak in cattle in the uk and some other parts of europe, there are basically no more cases occurring. Standard cjd in people occurs and is not related to cows and has an incidence of 1 in a million. ...Read more

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How can I get tested for mad cow disease (crutzfeld-jakob) or dementia?

How can I get tested for mad cow disease (crutzfeld-jakob) or dementia?

Well: For dementia, your family doctor, for mad cow...A neurologist, you will need a neurological exam, an eeg and especially a lumbar puncture done by a neurologist with experience in prion diseases. ...Read more

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Mad cow disease and creutzfeldt-jakob disease is there any difference between how you get them?

Cows vs human: Mad cow disease/variant cjd is acquired by eating meat from from affected cows, not a risk in usa. Classical cjd may be acquired from an infected person through blood, or tissue, or, mostly it occurs sporadically due to genetic predisposition. You may consult this site: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/dvrd/cjd/index.Htm. ...Read more

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How do humans get affected by mad cow disease?

Eat the meat: Mad cow disease is a "slow virus" which enters the brain and then causes an ultimately fatal ending. One of the chief ways of acquiring this agent is to eat it. The same virus has been transmitted through bone grafts, corneal transplants, blood product contamination. ...Read more

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What are the ways to get tested for mad cow disease?

What are the ways to get tested for mad cow disease?

Mad cow disease: The most common test is a brain biopsy but the patient must have symptoms of the disease before that is done. ...Read more

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How soon a person can show sign of mad cow disease after eating contaminated meat?

How soon a person can show sign of mad cow disease after eating contaminated meat?

Likely a few years: The exact incubation period for mad cow disease may not be known, but it is likely to be a few years. You may consult this site for information. http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20060623/mad-cow-symptoms-emerge-years-later ...Read more

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I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat mad cow disease?

Nothing: Unfortunately, mad cow disease, a prion disease, has no cure and no real treatment to slow it's progression. The treatments used are for symptoms, such as aggression, delusions, insomnia, etc. Plus, supportive care for daily activities becomes more and more necessary as the illness advances. ...Read more

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Help! should I be tested for mad cow disease. Going mad. All I do is worry!?

Help! should I be tested for mad cow disease. Going mad. All I do is worry!?

Unlikely: Mad cow disease is quite rare. The symptoms are rapid memory loss and cognitive dysfunction, motor complications like myoclonus and a rapid course. There can be personality changes and mood changes. However, isolated anxiety is more likely isolated anxiety. If you are really worried see you family doctor so he/she can get a history to see if your symptoms match. ...Read more

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Is armour thyroid a safe medication? Is there any risk of mad cow disease?

Is armour thyroid a safe medication? Is there any risk of mad cow disease?

Armor Thyroid: Armor Thyroid is a useful alternative to Synthroid and levo-thyroxine in patients who are intolerant to the latter. Since it is made by one company, there is better hopefully quality control that the other 'natural' alternatives out there, so the risks of adverse effects are decreased. ...Read more

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What is the real cause of the death of millions of birds> is it due to bird flu? And cows, is it due to mad cow disease?

What is the real cause of the death of millions of birds> is it due to bird flu? And cows, is it due to mad cow disease?

THIS IS A SITE: For human medical questions, but I am sure if there is a vet among us, they will be happy to take a stab at this one... ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

A very rare but potentially fatal disorder typically caused by eating meat infected with prions. Mad cow disease in humans is called "variant CJD." It results in dementia, psychiatric disorders, movement ...Read more