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How do humans get affected by Mad Cow Disease?

Eat the meat

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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.
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Dr. Idan Sharon answered:

How rare is Mad Cow Disease?

MAD COW DISEASE

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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.
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Do people get mad cow disease?

The human equivalent

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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.
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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi answered:

How is mad cow disease spread?

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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
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How can I avoid mad cow disease?

Avoid infected meat

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"Mad Cow" disease is uncommon in the USA. About 150 worldwide cases of vCJD have occurred to date, nearly all associated with beef consumption in the UK. There have been 4 confirmed cases of infected cattle in the US since 2006. Generally any cow with neurological symptoms is removed from the herd, and there are feed bans on possibly infectious materials. Avoid beef totally, if very concerned.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

How does Mad Cow Disease spread?

Eating bad beef

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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.
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How can you cure mad cow disease?

Incurable

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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.
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Dr. Simon Tsiouris answered:

Can you explain mad cow disease?

Prion disease

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Mad Cow disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion.
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Dr. Soren Singel answered:

Who is at risk for Mad Cow Disease?

Occupational

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Mostly occupational hazard - working in the slaughterhouse for example. Eating large quantity of raw and undercooked beef has been cited - but it needs to be from infected cows. Risks are generally low since they stopped feeding the ground up dead animals back to the herd.
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Dr. Ian Stein answered:

How can you detect Mad Cow Disease?

EEG and LP

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An electroencephalogram will show certain rhythms and certain test can be seen in spinal fluid
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