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Mad Cow Disease
Mad Cow Disease (Definition)
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 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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