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How likely are you to get mad cow from an undercooked burger?

How likely are you to get mad cow from an undercooked burger?

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 more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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


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

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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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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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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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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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

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How do humans get affected by mad cow disease?

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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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 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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What attempts have been made to cure mad cow?

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

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What are symtoms of mad cow diease in humans?

What are symtoms of mad cow diease in humans?

CJD: It is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans. It causes myoclonus (rapid muscle jerks) and rapidly progressive dementia (memory loss). It is usually NOT from dietary intake of prions, but rather genetic. ...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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What are the symptoms of mad cow in a calf?

What are the symptoms of mad cow in a calf?

MAD COW: A cow infected with mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) may behave aggressively & isolate from the herd. It may be over-reactive to sound or touch. It will lose weight, appear lethargic & develop difficulties with gait. ...Read more

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What causes a person to have mad cow disease?

Mad cow disease: Mad cow disease is an infectious disease that occurs in patients that have eaten cow meat that has been infected with the prion - it remains an extremely rare disease these days. ...Read more

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Is there really a mad cow disease or just a nice way of saying demented?

It exists: There are lots of people with dementia, and almost none with mad cow disease. It does exist, but is extraordinarily rare. But if you get demented and want to blame it on a mad cow, i promise not to tell. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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