mad cow disease

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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 The disease is similar to mad cow disease, as both are caused by infectious proteins called prions. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "More cases of deer disease in Missouri, but experts hopeful," 20 Jan. 2018 Union Pacific saw its beef shipments fall in 2003, after an outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States prompted China to ban imports of American beef. Ana Swanson, New York Times, "‘It’s Factory North America,’ but Trump Could Hobble It," 30 Mar. 2018 When farmers in Europe had to put down herds of cattle infected by mad cow disease, their initial answer was to dig trenches, pour gasoline, and set the animal carcasses on fire. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 1 Mar. 2018 The Asian country only restarted purchases of American beef last year, lifting a ban in place since 2003 that was triggered by mad cow disease. Bloomberg.com, "When Trump Puts America First, These Commodities Are at Risk," 26 Jan. 2018

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mad cow disease

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English Language Learners Definition of mad cow disease

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

mad cow disease

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