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Recent Examples on the Web For deer, the disease, which is in a family of diseases that includes mad cow disease, is contagious and always fatal. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Chronic wasting fears force DNR to ‘scramble’ over deer carcass disposal in some areas," 29 Oct. 2019 Instead, it is transmitted by prions — protein particles that have been linked to brain diseases including mad cow disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nevada fighting to keep ‘zombie deer’ from entering state," 6 Oct. 2019 Chronic wasting disease is similar to mad cow disease. Todd Richmond, Twin Cities, "Midwest wildlife officials meet to strategize chronic wasting disease response," 25 July 2019 Brazilian beef exports to China had been suspended since June 3 after an atypical case of mad cow disease was reported in the state of Mato Grosso. Washington Post, "Southwest pulls Boeing 737 Max from its schedule for additional month," 13 June 2019 Consider how veterinarians have kept people safe from mad cow disease, a fatal illness that eats away at human brains. Neil C. Olson, Fortune, "America’s Veterinarian Shortage Is Bad for Animals and Humans Alike," 5 June 2018 But, the most well-known is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE aka mad cow disease). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Camels in Africa may have been quietly spreading prion disease for decades," 26 Apr. 2018 Once the prions were passed to cows, the cows developed a prion disease of their own (mad cow disease). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans," 25 May 2018 The disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), a family of diseases that includes scrapie, mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: CWD-positive deer die at three times rate of non-diseased animals in Wisconsin study," 28 Feb. 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Mad cow disease.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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: a fatal disease that affects the brain and nervous system of cattle

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