Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow Disease, degenerative
brain disorder of cattle. Symptoms in cows include loss of coordination and a typical
staggering gait. Affected animals also show signs of senility, for example, lack of
interest in their surroundings, the abandonment of routine habits, disinterest in
feed and water, or unpredictable behavior. Affected cattle show symptoms when
they are three to ten years old.
First identified in Britain in November 1986, over 170,000 cases have since
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on the export of British blood products, as
well as of a blood protein called albumin, may eventually follow.
Until researchers unravel the mechanism of the agent behind BSE and
related diseases in other animal--or, more likely, until far more people start
dying--it will be impossible to determine whether meat-eating humans are at the
same risk as meat-eating cows. In the meantime, hold off on the breaded calves'
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