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How Do Cows Get Mad Cow
Very unlikely in USA: No humans have ever been reported to have been infected with mad cow disease in the usa, but many feared the disease in the 1990s when nearly 150 people in britain died from it. Earlier this year, a dairy cow in ca was found to have be infected -- but it didn't get into the food chain. It's more likely to get other infections such as e coli from undercooked beef, than it is to get mad cow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
No cure known: Made cow disease is a slow virus infection of the brain. It is similar to creutzfeldt jacob, sspe, kuru, etc. These are horrible progressive disorders that slowly destroy the brain. Only avoiding exposure and eliminating the host (the mad cows) are the only medical management methods available. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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