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People's Daily Online
One new case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy(BSE), was announced Friday in central France.
The infected cow is a Charolais, born in 1995 in a herd of the French Vienne department. It is the eighth BSE cases detected in the department since 2001, said a statement released by the Vienne prefecture.
Proteins linked with Alzheimer's and the human version of mad cow disease have some striking similarities -- and thus might be susceptible to similar treatments, a researcher said.
Both diseases are marked by a gradual deterioration of the brain and both are associated with rogue proteins. Both are always fatal
Originally posted by Archmagus12
sorry to sound dumb but what exactly does mad cow disease
Mad cow disease
Common name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a cattle disease that causes the brain to waste away. It takes about 4-7 years for cattle to show symptoms of the disease after being exposed to it, but once symptoms become visible the cattle die within weeks. One way this disease is spread is by feeding the meat from infected cattle to other cattle (meat from infected sheep may also cause the disease). This was a common practice on factory farms until the 1980s and 1990s when it was outlawed in most countries because it was found to cause BSE. At that time, thousands of cattle believed to have been exposed to BSE were killed to prevent further spread of the disease. Consuming beef from infected cattle causes a brain-wasting disease called new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans.
Originally posted by Phugedaboudet
ooh, how many million cattle, and one unconfirmed "possible" case...and it's all over the Media.
After mad cow disease (BSE) was recognized, millions of cattle were killed and disposed of. The feeding of animal source protein back to cattle was banned. Because of these changes, the number of BSE cases in cattle each year in the UK has been decreasing since 1992. The number of vCJD cases in humans each year in the UK has been decreasing since 2000.