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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Mad Cow Disease (Overview)

Mad cow disease is a very rare potentially fatal disorder caused by an infection by a prion (neither germ or virus but !) it causes dementia , psychiatric disorders , movement abnormalities and seizures.


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What is the definition or description of: mad cow disease?

What is the definition or description of: mad cow disease?

Read on ! : Mad cow disease is a very rare potentially fatal disorder caused by an infection by a prion (neither germ or virus but !) it causes dementia , psychiatric disorders , movement abnormalities and seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Mad Cow Disease (Overview)

Mad cow disease is a very rare potentially fatal disorder caused by an infection by a prion (neither germ or virus but !) it causes dementia , psychiatric disorders , movement abnormalities and seizures.


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How does mad cow disease spread?

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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What are the first symptoms of mad cow disease?

Subtle: The behavioral, personality, and mood changes are the first warning but are nonspecific. The tremor and myoclonic jerking will alert a physician to the possibility. The incubation period is many years, and people exposed during the epidemic may still become ill. The disease is not treatable, and there is no benefit to early diagnosis. ...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 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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Does eating beef broth or soup made from beef bones causes mad cow disease?

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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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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What is the treatment for mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy)?

None: Cows and other animals which contract bse are often euthanized. ...Read more

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How can you cure mad cow disease?

Incurable: The onset of "mad cow disease" or bovine spongiform encephalopathy symptoms is sudden and the progress is rapid. Many attempts have been made to alter the fatal course of the disease, with a notable lack of success. ...Read more

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What drugs are effective against mad cow disease?

Mad Cow Disease: There are no known medical treatments at this point for mad cow disease - this disease is rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Vcjd (Definition)

VCJD (variant Creutzfeldt_Jakob disease) is an fatal infection of the brain that causes dementia, personality changes, and movement problems. It is believed to be caused by the same type of protein that is responsible for Mad ...Read more


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