Mad Cow Disease (cont.)
The following health organizations are tracking and studying mad cow disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Their websites contain the most up-to-date information about these diseases.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides up-to-date information about mad cow disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), including tracking, prevention, travel precautions, and food inspection. You can find information at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/submenus/sub_bse.htm.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides information about mad cow disease, the safety of the meat supply in the United States, and infection control guidelines. You can find information at www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Bovine_Spongiform_Encephalopathy_BSE/index.asp.
- Health Canada answers frequently asked questions about mad cow disease and vCJD and provides information about infection control and food inspection. You can find information at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cjd-mcj/index-eng.php.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) website offers information about mad cow disease and vCJD cases around the world and provides infection control guidelines. You can find information at www.who.int/csr/disease/bse/en.
Other Places To Get Help
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)|
|1600 Clifton Road|
|Atlanta, GA 30333|
|Phone: ||1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)|
|Web Address: ||www.cdc.gov|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC works with state and local health officials and the public to achieve better health for all people. The CDC creates the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health—by promoting health, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and being prepared for new health threats.
|Genetics Home Reference, U.S. National Library of Medicine|
|8600 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, MD 20894|
|Phone: ||1-888-FIND-NLM (1-888-346-3656)|
|Fax: ||(301) 402-1384|
|Web Address: ||www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov|
The Genetics Home Reference provides information on hundreds of genetic conditions. The website has many tools for learning about human genetics and the way genetic changes can cause disease. It also has links to additional resources for people who have genetic conditions and for their families.
|National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health|
|NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations|
|6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-6612|
|Phone: ||1-866-284-4107 toll-free|
|Phone: ||(301) 496-5717|
|Fax: ||(301) 402-3573|
|Web Address: ||www.niaid.nih.gov|
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts research and provides consumer information on infectious and immune-system-related diseases.
|USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service|
|1400 Independence Avenue SW|
|Washington, DC 20250-3700|
|Phone: ||1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) meat and poultry hotline|
|Web Address: ||www.fsis.usda.gov and www.AskKaren.gov|
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service sees that the supply of meat, poultry, and egg products in the United States is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. Its Web site has extensive information on food safety, food preparation, food poisoning, and food labeling. It provides phone numbers and e-mail addresses to use to ask for information on food poisoning, food safety, and food safety education programs. The Web site also allows the public to ask questions through an interactive feature called "Ask Karen."
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