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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Vcjd (Definition)

VCJD is a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which is a rare neurodegenerative disease. As opposed to "classic" CJD, which starts typically in patients over 65 years old, vCJD begins primarily with psychiatric symptoms, in younger patients (<30 years old on average) than other types of CJD and has a longer duration from start ...Read more


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What happens to people who get mad cow disease?

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?

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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Can you explain mad cow disease?

Can you explain mad cow disease?

Prion disease: 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. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for mad cow disease?

Occupational: 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. ...Read more

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How can you detect mad cow disease?

How can you detect mad cow disease?

EEG and LP: An electroencephalogram will show certain rhythms and certain test can be seen in spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Severe: Mad cow's disease (bovine spongioform encephalopathy =bse) is a very serious incurable disease often with progressive psychological and mental problems associated with rigidity and movement disorders of the extremities fortunately now that we know the etiology very rare the equivalent creutzfeld jacob disease = cjd occurs in one out of a million of the population. ...Read more

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How does a person get mad cow disease?

How does a person get mad cow disease?

More research: "mad cow disease" is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse) -- the human variant is called variant creuzfeldt-jakob disease. The transmissible agent seems to be an abnormal protein found on cell surfaces called a "prion". But eating infected nerve tissue is not necessarily needed, because both meat-eaters and vegetarians have died of creuzfeldt -jakob disease. More to be learned. ...Read more

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How many people die of mad cow disease?

Mad cow disease: Mad cow disease (bse) affects cattle, and when it affects humans it is called variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease (vcjd). It is believed to be caused by a specific type of misfolded protein called a prion. Most cases worldwide are reported in the uk. By october 2009, it had killed 166 people in the uk, and 44 elsewhere. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mad-cow disease?

See below: Similar to other prion diseases. A classical triad of dementia, myoclonus, and ataxia. Some patients do exhibit parkinsonian-like features, and have difficulty with visuospatial perception. Most of the pts were younger in their 20's, as young as 12. The symptoms seemed insidious and persistent and behavior and confusion was quite marked. ...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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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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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

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