What is Mad Cow disease?

What is Mad Cow disease?


Czech state veterinarians said on Friday they had found a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old cow on a farm near the northern border with Poland.

Also known as mad cow disease, BSE first emerged in Britain in the 1980s and has been found in herds in several European and other countries.

Scientists believe it is transmitted through infected meat and bone meal fed to cattle and may cause deadly vCJD in humans.

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