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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Mad Cow Disease (Overview)

Mad cow disease is 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 abnormalities, seizures, and death.


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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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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
81 doctors shared insights

Mad Cow Disease (Overview)

Mad cow disease is 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 abnormalities, seizures, and death.


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What are the first symptoms of mad cow disease?

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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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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?

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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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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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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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Dr. James Dukelow
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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