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  New mad cow woes
Mad cow disease is one of several fatal brain diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or TSEs.
On Jan. 31., after the detection of 25 mad cows, Germany announced plans to slaughter and destroy 400,000 elderly cows, which, due to the long incubation period, are most prone to the disease.
Long after cows began going mad and dying of a brain-destroying disease, the government allowed their byproducts to be fed to other cows.
whyfiles.org /012mad_cow   (1109 words)

 Mad Cow Disease Hits the United States - It's Mad to Eat Meat
Researchers have traced recent outbreaks of the bovine version of the disease to farmers’ cost-cutting practice of mixing bits of dead sheep’s neural tissue into the feed of cows, who are naturally herbivorous.
It is still legal to feed sheep and cows to pigs and chickens and to feed pigs and chickens to one another and to cows, even though these practices have been banned in Europe, and cows’ blood continues to be fed to chickens, turkeys, and other farmed animals.
Chronic wasting disease, a similar condition, is widespread in deer and elk in Western Canada and the U.S. and is suspected of infecting hunters who may have eaten meat from sick animals.
www.peta.org /feat/madcowus   (792 words)

 The Seattle Times: Local News: Mad-cow disease hits state; feds say beef 'absolutely safe'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A Holstein dairy cow from a small farm near Yakima is the nation's first probable case of "mad-cow" disease, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said yesterday, hastening to reassure Americans that the risk of contracting the brain-wasting disease is minuscule.
When the disease was discovered in a single cow in Alberta in May, the U.S. and 28 other nations banned imports of Canadian beef, pushing that nation's cattle industry to the brink of collapse.
The cow was slaughtered and samples of its brain and spinal cord sent to the USDA's lab in Iowa.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/localnews/2001822407_madcow24.html   (1949 words)

 US FDA/CFSAN - Commonly Asked Questions About BSE in Products Regulated by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied ...
Mad Cow Disease is the commonly used name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle.
USDA confirms that the cow was born before the U.S. instituted its ban on the use of most mammalian protein in feed for ruminant animals-believed to be the most critical protective measure in preventing the spread of BSE among cattle.
Because the disease is transmitted by prions, which are a type of protein, they would be separated by the rendering process from the tallow or fat, which is the portion that goes into cosmetics.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~comm/bsefaq.html   (2521 words)

 CNN.com In-Depth Specials - Mad cow disease: Counting the cost
U.S. Since it was identified in the mid-1980s in Britain, mad cow disease, or BSE, has resulted in the slaughter of millions of cattle -- and the deaths of dozens of people from the related brain-wasting disease known as vCJD.
Mad cow scares have since spread across Europe as governments try to cope with possible infections and resultant fears.
Still, mad cow disease -- and its jump from cattle to humans -- mystifies scientists and inspires public fear.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/2000/madcow   (125 words)

 Mad Cow Disease - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: BSE Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Despite the detection of a single case of the disease in the United States, BSE does not present a public health risk for the American population.
'Bovine' refers to cows; 'Spongiform' describes the 'sponge-like' effect of the disease on cells; and 'Encephalopathy' is used to describe diseases of the brain.
While members of the media often use the term "mad cow disease", the correct name is Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE for short.
www.mad-cow-facts.com   (508 words)

 MAD COW DISEASE: THE BSE EPIDEMIC IN GREAT BRITAIN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The announcement by British health authorities that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, pictured in medulla of cow, left), also known as mad cow disease, may have been transmitted to humans has led to a chaotic situation in the UK with ripple effects occurring throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
BSE, that is bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known in Britain as the mad cow disease, is a progressive, lethal central nervous system disease of cattle.
In the familial disease there is are mutations in the gene encoding the normal protein such that the protein tends to fold in the abnormal way and tends to pile up into aggregates in brain cells with lethal consequences.
www.accessexcellence.org /WN/NM/madcow96.html   (2949 words)

 mad cow disease articles and information
Mad cow disease reappears in the U.S. A 12-year-old domestic cow tested positive for mad cow disease, and this new case may harm chances of reopening beef trading between the U.S. and Japan.
Mad cow wouldn't be a problem in the first place if the beef industry didn't grind up old, diseased cows and feed their parts to other cows.
The FDA has said it plans to expand mad cow disease restrictions on what can be included in cattle feed in the next month or two, perhaps to ban poultry litter, table scraps, cattle blood and other items thought to promote the spread of the disease in addition to cattle parts that are already banned...
www.newstarget.com /mad_cow_disease.html   (3689 words)

 Mad Cow Disease - What the Government Isn't Telling You - by Dr. Lorraine Day, M.D.
Mad Cow Disease is the common term for Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE), a progressive neurological disorder of cattle which can be transmitted to other species, including humans.
The disease in cattle is called Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy because this form of the disease occurs in cows (therefore, the term bovine), it causes a sponge-like destruction of the brain (therefore, the term spongiform encepholopathy - enceph means brain and pathy means pathology - meaning an abnormality).
Mad Cow disease can be passed from the mother to the fetus in the womb.
www.drday.com /madcow.htm   (4270 words)

 CBC News:U.S. bans Canadian beef imports   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
News of the ban came as Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief was holding a news conference in Alberta to announce the discovery of a case of home-grown mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in Alberta.
Provincial and federal labs couldn't rule out mad cow disease, so specimens were sent to the world reference laboratory in Britain, which verified the diagnosis on Tuesday.
Canada's only other known case of mad cow disease was found in 1993, in a cow imported from Britain in 1987.
www.cbc.ca /stories/2003/05/20/madcow_canada030520   (566 words)

 CNN.com - Mad cow disease reported in Canada - May. 21, 2003
Mad cow disease was first reported in the United Kingdom in 1986, peaking in 1993 with almost 1,000 new cases per week.
The meat from the cow was declared unfit for consumption, was kept from other meat bound for packing plants and stores, and the rendered byproduct was not mixed with byproduct from other cows, Canadian officials said.
The animal carcass and the herd that cow came from were destroyed and additional measures were taken immediately by the federal government to deal with any risk that Canadian cattle might have been affected.
www.cnn.com /2003/HEALTH/05/20/mad.cow.disease   (621 words)

 CBC News Indepth: Mad Cow
But in May 2003, veterinary officials in Alberta confirmed that a sick cow sent to a slaughterhouse in January of that year had been inspected, found to be substandard, and removed so that it would not end up as food for humans or other animals.
In an investigation into the source of the infection, 1,400 cows were slaughtered and tested for the disease.
DNA evidence later revealed that the cow was born in Canada, and the U.S. kept its border shut to live Canadian cattle.
www.cbc.ca /news/background/madcow   (1620 words)

 Mad cow disease-Key text
Mad cow disease is a fatal condition affecting the nervous system of cattle.
Mad cow disease started in Britain after cattle were fed a protein supplement made from offal from scrapie-infected sheep.
Healthy animals could be infected even after the extract from diseased animals had been zapped with radiation or treated to destroy the genes of any bacterium or virus.
www.science.org.au /nova/003/003key.htm   (1592 words)

 Mad cow disease - SourceWatch
BSE is believed to be caused by prions and to be bovine counterpart of human prion disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and sheep prion disease scrapie.
Although there is substantial evidence for transmission of the disease by prions, and various theories have developed about the absorption of prion proteins by intestinal cells, there is still no definite proof reliably showing that eating infected beef is really the cause of the new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Mad Cow Disease: The Risk to the U.S. http://www.pcrm.org/health/Preventive_Medicine/mad_cow_disease.html), Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, November 16, 1998.
www.sourcewatch.org /wiki.phtml?title=Mad_cow_disease   (1002 words)

 The Environmental Literacy Council - Mad Cow Disease   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Onset of the disease is generally marked by anxiety, disorientation, and memory loss, as well as other neurological symptoms such as numbness in limbs.
Before the mad cow scare in Great Britain, it was common for brain matter and nerve tissue, the only parts of an animal that can contain the infectious agent of these diseases, to be included in feed.
After the discovery of mad cow disease in Great Britain, a program of intensified testing revealed that the disease was more widespread in European countries such as France, Switzerland, and Germany than was previously believed.
www.enviroliteracy.org /subcategory.php/153.html   (1771 words)

 Mad Cow Disease
To stimulate discussion in the heart of America’s cattle country on Mad Cow Disease and meat consumption’s human toll, EarthSave and PCRM attempted to place in the Des Moines [Iowa] Register newspaper an ad discussing this situation.
“The [Mad Cow Disease] episode has made clear the problems that arise as a result of the secretive and inadequate way in which Government ministers garner their expert advice,” editorialized the British medical journal the Lancet.
The US government has been equally tight-lipped on the subject of Mad Cow Disease, says investigative reporter John Stauber, author of Toxic Sludge is Good For You, an exposé of the public relations industry.
www.earthsave.org /news/madcow.htm   (2339 words)

 PETA: Mad Cow Disease Hits North America It's Mad to Eat Meat
This cow was 8 years old, but if she, like most Canadian cows, had been killed before age 2, we would never have known that she had mad cow disease.
Since cows are so young when killed, and pigs and chickens are even younger, it’s possible that other animals also have spongy brain disease, but it has not been discovered because animals are slaughtered before they become symptomatic.
Researchers have traced the disease to farmers’ cost-cutting practice of mixing bits of dead sheep’s neural tissue into the feed of cattle, who are naturally herbivorous.
www.peta.org /feat/madcow   (578 words)

 CNN.com - First apparent U.S. case of mad cow disease discovered - Dec. 24, 2003
Mad cow disease causes severe nervous system deterioration and has been linked to a similar disease in humans.
Two tests have been carried out on meat from the cow, enabling Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to call the case a "presumptive positive." A sample is being flown to England for a third test to confirm the case.
Mad cow disease first appeared in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s and resulted in the slaughter of millions of cattle.
edition.cnn.com /2003/US/12/23/mad.cow   (931 words)

 mad cow disease on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Japan confirms 19th case of mad cow disease.
GenoMed's Treatment for Prion Diseases Including 'Mad Cow Disease' to be Tested.
Outbreak of Mad Cow Disease Generates Interest in Chembio Diagnostics' Rapid Test for BSE.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/X/X-madcow.asp   (341 words)

 Online NewsHour -- Mad Cow Disease -- April 2001
This report examines efforts to contain mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, after infected animals were discovered in European countries.
Update: A 19-year-old dies in France from the human variant of mad cow, bringing the European death toll to 94.
The history of mad cow disease in Western Europe.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/health/mad_cow.html   (113 words)

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Scientist and organic farmer, Mark Purdey gave evidence to the UK BSE inquiry, that warble fly insecticide was the cause of the disease.
Purdey's house was burned down and his lawyer who was working with him on Mad Cow Disease was driven off the road by another vehicle and subsequently died.
What Alzheimer's Disease, Mad Cow Disease, and CJ Disease have in common, is abnormal brain proteins and a putative link to organophosphates.
www.mercola.com /2000/dec/17/bovine_spongiform_disease.htm   (2016 words)

 Well Within - Mad Cow Disease & Contaminated Meat/Blood Products/Organs/Hormones
It was the beginning of an extraordinary odyssey which has transformed him from an obscure farmer to a self-taught scientist and passionate campaigner, and made him a central player in what must surely rank as the biggest public health crisis in Europe for at least half a century.
They seem to corroborate Mark Purdey's belief that the Factor X behind the disease that's killing cows and humans is manganese in the environment.
Mad cows and an Englishman: 1920 GMT Sunday 25th March on BBC 2.
www.nccn.net /~wwithin/bse.htm   (2803 words)

 People are irrationally afraid of mad cow disease but not of eating animal fat
There's a tremendous amount of education coming out as a result of the outbreak of mad cow disease on U.S. soil: fewer people are eating cow fat and cow flesh, which will naturally make them healthier human beings.
As this article shows, the fear over mad cow is striking an ever-expanding collection of foods that use cow by-products, such as french fries that are fried in beef fat.
It's amazing to me that people will avoid eating french fries when there's a one in ten million chance of dying from mad cow disease, but they'll gladly eat french friends when there's a near certainty that they'll die from the obesity or heart disease casued by junk foods.
www.newstarget.com /000751.html   (1023 words)

 Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Information or "Mad Cow Disease" - Washington State Dept. of Agriculture - WSDA
On December 23, 2003 a cow was diagnosed with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Washington State.
The cow was traced to its origin in Canada.
Washington State University’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory is one of seven state laboratories conducting testing for USDA’s increased surveillance efforts.
agr.wa.gov /FoodAnimal/AnimalFeed/BSE.htm   (342 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Mad Cow Disease Works"
To the cattle industry, an outbreak of mad cow disease is an ever-looming nightmare.
Britain, the United States and most other major cattle-producing nations have imposed stringent measures to control the disease, but another outbreak is a very real possibility.
In this article, we'll discuss what mad cow disease is, how it works, what the consequences for humans are and what is being done to control and prevent its occurrence.
www.howstuffworks.com /mad-cow-disease.htm   (112 words)

 Mad Cow Disease: Hundreds of Articles on Mad Cow Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Mad Deer Disease, prions, BSE, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The classic form of CJD appears to arise spontaneously, but the so-called "new variant" of CJD (nvCJD) is now known to be the human equivalent of mad cow disease thought to be contracted by eating contaminated beef.
Official Mad Cow Disease Archive Worldwide news articles sorted by topic but not labeled by date or country.
Genetic engineering, irradiation, toxic sludge fertilizer, mad cow disease, and rBGH are some of the issues we address.
www.organicconsumers.org /madcow.htm   (7043 words)

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