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How rare is mad cow disease?

How rare is mad cow disease?

MAD COW DISEASE: Although cjd (creutzfeld jacob disease = mad cow)is the most common human prion disease, it is still rare, occurring in about one out of every one million people every year. It usually affects people aged 45–75, most commonly appearing in people between the ages of 60–65. ...Read more

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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

A very rare but potentially fatal disorder typically caused ...Read more


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Are GMOs linked to cjd or mad cow diease?

Are GMOs linked to cjd or mad cow diease?

No: That's fantasy. There are reasonable opponents of genetically modified organisms, but alleging that they cause prion disease is simply making things up -- and there are plenty of militants of every camp who do this sort of thing. ...Read more

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How is mad cow disease spread?

How is mad cow disease spread?

Read below: Bovine spongioform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) is a prion disease, infective agents that vary from viruses in not having dna or rna. The agent can be transferred by ingestion or surgery transplanting the infected tissue (e.g. Cornea ) it is fortunately extremely rare for this to happen nowadays. ...Read more

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Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Severe: Mad cow's disease (bovine spongioform encephalopathy =bse) is a very serious incurable disease often with progressive psychological and mental problems associated with rigidity and movement disorders of the extremities fortunately now that we know the etiology very rare the equivalent creutzfeld jacob disease = cjd occurs in one out of a million of the population. ...Read more

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How common is mad cow disease?

How common is mad cow disease?

In cows?: http://www.medicinenet.com/mad_cow_disease/page5.htm

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Is creutzfeldt-jakob disease related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy?

Both are prion DZ's: Creutzfeldt-jakob is the term we use for disease caused by prions when there is no family history or known exposure to prions. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy was a particular strain of slightly-different prions that went epidemic in england from poor meat-industry practices; different pathology and clinical picture. ...Read more

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Creutzfeldt-jakob disease? Mad cow? Are they the same?

Creutzfeldt-jakob disease?  Mad cow?  Are they the same?

They are related.: Cjd and mad cow are prion disorders. Prion diseases are caused by misfolding of the prion protein. The misfolded protein is capable of inducing the normal form of the prion protein to misfold as well. In typical cjd the misfolded protein is human prion protein. In mad cow disease misfolded protein is bovine prion, which causes disease in cattle and can cause misfolding of human prion protein too. ...Read more

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Is mad cow disease related to gliosis?

No: Mad cow disease is believed to be a disease caused by the build up (and transmission) of a certain protein in the nerves of our brain. The resultant damage can cause gliosis, but gliosis can also occur in a variety of conditions other than mad cow disease. Gliosis is a term to explain "scarring" in the brain that could be caused by trauma, infections, tumors, radiation therapy, etc. ...Read more

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How does mad cow disease spread?

Eating bad beef: Infected cattle, which got the disease by eating animal by-products, produce infectious beef. The prion is not damaged even by thorough cooking. It is also possible that slaughterhouse workers exposed to aerosolized cattle parts might be infected in this way. ...Read more

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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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How many people die of mad cow disease?

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Mad cow disease: Mad cow disease (bse) affects cattle, and when it affects humans it is called variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease (vcjd). It is believed to be caused by a specific type of misfolded protein called a prion. Most cases worldwide are reported in the uk. By october 2009, it had killed 166 people in the uk, and 44 elsewhere. ...Read more

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Is bovine spongiform encephalopathy infectious?

Is bovine spongiform encephalopathy infectious?

W/intimate contact: Transmission of bse (mad cow disease) requires ingestion or perhaps contact with broken skin or mucous membranes. ...Read more

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What is mad cow disease? Can i contract mad cow disease ingesting vitamins, supplements or pills that contain gelatin?

Prion disease: Mad cow disease, a.K.A. Variant (or sporadic) creutzfeldt-jakob disease, is a prion disease. Prion protein is an "infectious" protein that is transmitted from exposure to brain tissue or proteins of someone or an animal with the disease. While it is possible to contract prion disease from oral ingestion of prion protein, those are extremely unlikely sources of prion protein. ...Read more

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What is mad cow disease, viral or bacterial?

Slow virus: It's viral. It is a type of infection in which infection may not be evident for decades. Slow viruses are notoriously difficult to culture but advanced dna techniques and electron microscopy can prove their presence. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Cjd (Definition)

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) - a fatal prion disease ...Read more