Mad Cow Disease Research Paper

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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) “MAD COW DISEASE” As humans we depend greatly on the production and consumption of cattle, specifically the cow for its many cuts of meat. From filet mignon to hamburger, beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world accounting for roughly 25% of meat production worldwide. In the United States alone 25.6 billion pounds of beef were purchased and consumed in 2011 equaling roughly 79 billion dollars. With such a dependency on beef it would be catastrophic if a large quantity of cattle would become infected by a virus and have it go undetected. This fear became a reality for the United States and world in 2003 when the first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) also known as “Mad Cow Disease” became evident. Although the disease was quickly identified and contained the impact it had was one that researchers and the human population will never forget. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a devastating disease that eventually eats away at the cattle brain…show more content…
It is always fatal causing death within weeks to months of symptom onset. When the cow starts to reflect signs, the cow usually dies between three months and the brain tissue slowly dies, the animal loses control over its movements and behavior; they seems to be aggressive and mad as the name of the disease is named “Mad cow disease”. According to my gathered articles and knowledge of this disease human can not get infected because this is a bovine disease. However, in an Alabama cow that tested positive in 2006 for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, is identical to one that causes a related brain wasting disease in humans. BSE arise spontaneously in cattle and once human digest the cows infected meat, the disease mutates into its human version called Creutzfeld Jacob Disease(CJD). CJD has been found in people who ate infected beef products. It is Fatal and

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