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Mad Cow Disease (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob) Symptoms, Treatment, Prognosis Topic Guide

Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Mad cow is an infectious disease in the brain of cattle. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the human form of mad cow disease. Symptoms and signs include muscle spasms, lack of muscle control, and worsening problems with memory. There are no effective treatments.