Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (cont.)
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Prevention of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Public health authorities maintain that the food supply in the U.S. is extremely safe, and no human cases of vCJD related to BSE have been reported in people living in the U.S. Additionally, the number of cases in the U.K. has decreased dramatically over the past decades. Still, the only absolute way to avoid infection is to entirely eliminate the consumption of beef and other animals that may be prion-infected. Milk and milk products are affected or a means of transmittal.
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Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are related disorders.