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Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (cont.)

Prognosis of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Human prion diseases are devastating and incurable but extremely rare. Fears that an epidemic of the animal disease (BSE) would lead to an epidemic of the human form (vCJD) have not occurred, even in the U.K., where entire herds of diseased cattle were destroyed and over 184,000 animals were known to develop the disease.

For More Information

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Statement From CDFA Secretary Karen Ross on USDA Announcement of Detection of BSE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prion Diseases

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, All About BSE

World Health Organization, Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

REFERENCES:

California Dept. of Food and Agriculture. "Statement From CFDA Secretary Karen Ross on USDA Announcement of Detection of BSE." Apr. 24, 2012. <http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/
Press_Release.asp?PRnum=12-016>.

Switzerland. World Health Organization. "Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease." Feb. 2012. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs180/
en/>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)." Apr. 27, 2012. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/bse/>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Prion Diseases." Dec. 5, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/prions/>.

United States Department of Agriculture. Food Safety and Inspection Service. "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - "Mad Cow Disease." Mar. 2005. <http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/
Bovine_Spongiform_Encephalopathy_Mad_Cow_Disease/index.asp>.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "All About BSE." Feb. 23, 2011. <http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/resourcesforyou/animalhealthliteracy/ucm136222.htm>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/18/2014

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