posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 06:44 PM
Originally posted by jrod
I had to eat some beef tacos at some unnamed fast food place with a ring. If there is a place to consume infected animal products I can bet that place
You shouldn't eat fast food - but prions are not the only reason why.
Doesn't HIV/AIDS use the immune sytsem to spread throughout the body too?
Yep. Some people think AIDS started with a prion that teamed up with a certain group of viruses and maybe bacteria too. ...Prions don't just spread
to people and animals, they infect microbes too, and also "hitchhike" on them. Makes for a brave new world my friend...
And how contagious are these prions? It seems to me that they should be easily transmitted from human to human and there is not much that can be done
to stop it.
Prions are infectious but probably NOT contagious. ...You pretty much need a contaminated scalpel shoved into your body, or to eat the suckers to get
infected. We're talking exchange of body fluids and tissues or direct protein-cell or cell-cell exposure here.
The real problem is, infectious prions have been around a while, and current decontamination and sterilization procedures don't get rid of them - so
food processing factories, water treatment plants, even hospitals are practically guaranteed to be contaminated.
There are enzymes and measures that can 'kill' prions, but they're not regulated so nobody spends the extra money to get rid of them...