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Old October 13th, 2004, 04:56 PM  
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EXACLY my point!!!!

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow Disease, degenerative brain disease of cattle linked to a variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a fatal degenerative brain disease in humans. The clinical signs of BSE in cattle include loss of coordination, a staggering gait, difficulty in rising, decreased milk production, and weight loss. Affected animals also show signs of behavioral changes, such as nervousness, aggression, and a lack of interest in their surroundings. The period from exposure and infection to the onset of the disease, known as the incubation period, is from two to eight or more years. Once clinical signs develop, animals progressively deteriorate and die within several months.


To prevent BSE from infecting cattle in the United States, in 1989 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) banned the import of live cattle and beef products from countries—such as the United Kingdom—where BSE was known to exist. In 1997, amid concerns of persistent risk factors and inadequate surveillance in Europe, these import restrictions were extended to include all of the countries of Europe. These restrictions were further extended to include Japan in 2001 and Canada in 2003.
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