The carcass of an animal tested positive for Mad Cow.. Though more testing will be required to confirm this case it does raise questions and concerns
among those in the health community. If this case is confirmed it could cause a massive reaction among the producers of meat products and those who
Full Report Link: CBSNEWS.com
An animal in the United States tested positive in a preliminary screening test for mad cow disease, Agriculture Department officials said. John
Clifford, deputy administrator of USDA veterinary services, said officials learned of the "inconclusive" test result late Friday. The carcass is
being sent to USDA National Veterinary Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for additional tests. Results are expected in 4 to 7 days.
Officials sought to downplay the potential gravity of the preliminary test, which they said wasn't unexpected given the test's sensitivity. The
United States' beef trading partners had been notified and the company was given earlier notice, Clifford said.
"The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country," Clifford said. "Inconclusive results are a normal
component of most screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive."
"The USDA remains confident in the safety of the food supply," Clifford said.
Mad cow disease — known also as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE — eats holes in the brains of cattle. It sprang up in Britain in 1986 and
spread through countries in Europe and Asia, prompting massive destruction of herds and decimating the European beef industry.
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On a personal level I hope that this case can be confirmed to be false.
The thing about Mad Cow that is most worrisome to me is the fact that it lives in dead tissue. No matter how much you cook it, It can infect you!
Many experts believe that Mad Cow was originally spread through feeding cattle the unused parts of animals in a form of 'recycling' the animals. To
"raise protein content in animal feed" it was common years ago to feed these animals bone, brain, spinal tissues and other parts... So only one case
of Mad Cow could have spread quickly. There are preventative measures in place these days. But there is always risk. If a human is infected it could
bring an unusually cruel spiral into an infected delusion, followed by insanity then the deterioration on a path to almost certain death.
[edit on 25-6-2004 by UM_Gazz]