April 25, 2012
Mad cow disease, identified in four cases involving U.S. cattle starting in 2003, is related to an incurable condition in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob that leads to a rapid decline of mental function and movement.
The latest case is atypical, said Guy Loneragan, an epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. That means it “may be a spontaneous, extraordinary event in older animals” and not likely due to animal feed, he said.
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