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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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How rare is mad cow disease?

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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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 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?

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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How can I avoid mad cow disease?

How can I avoid mad cow disease?

Avoid infected meat: "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. ...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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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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