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Recent Examples on the Web The disease is part of a group called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, the most famous of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Using Wolves as First Responders Against a Deadly Brain Disease," 12 Nov. 2020 Sheep have carried scrapie — effectively mad cow disease for sheep — for centuries. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Using Wolves as First Responders Against a Deadly Brain Disease," 12 Nov. 2020 Told from multiple points of view, this is a coming-of-age story complete with complex relationships, mythic traditions and even the fear of mad cow disease. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "All the new books you’ll want to read in November," 10 Nov. 2020 The disease is related to bovine spongiform encephalitis, or mad cow disease, although CWD has not been shown to be transferable to humans. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Catholic guilt, pandemic rage room, dairy farm upside: News from around our 50 states," 15 Sep. 2020 The restrictions on American beef products have been place since 2003, part of a wide effort to block imports from places where cases of mad cow disease have been reported in the past 10 years. Chris Horton,, "Taiwan Eases U.S. Meat Limits in Step Toward Trade Talks," 28 Aug. 2020 Lumpy skin disease broke out in Bangladeshi cattle, mad cow disease reemerged in Switzerland, and bovine ephemeral fever struck Australian cows. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 25 May 2020 McNeil has been at the New York Times since 1976 and has covered public health crises such as AIDS, Ebola, malaria, swine and bird flu, mad cow disease, and SARS. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'His job is to report the facts': New York Times reprimands reporter for demanding CDC director resign," 12 May 2020 The agency did not take any action on Baur’s cattle petition until 2007 — after mad cow disease threatened herds. Washington Post, "Downed pigs are turned into pork products. A new lawsuit seeks to stop that.," 6 Feb. 2020

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Mad cow disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mad cow disease

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

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