Extra! Mad Cow Disease-A general explanation of BSE aimed at students

Extra! Mad Cow Disease

Wednesday, March 15, 2006; Posted: 5:47 p.m. EST (22:47 GMT)

(CNN Student News) — Use this explainer to help students understand mad cow disease, a topic relevant to today’s news.

(CNN Student News) — Use this explainer to help students understand mad cow disease, a topic relevant to today’s news.

What is it? “Mad cow” is the common name of a disease that affects cattle. It is known to the scientific community as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The disease attacks the cow’s nervous system. The animal’s resulting behavior gives the disease its common name: mad cow.

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