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Are BSE and “mad cow disease” the same thing?

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Are BSE and “mad cow disease” the same thing?

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Yes. BSE stands for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and it is widely referred to as “mad cow disease.” It is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle. BSE is named because of the spongy appearance of the brain tissue of infected cattle examined under a microscope. Is BSE related to any other diseases? BSE belongs to a family of diseases known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE animal diseases found in the United States include scrapie in sheep and goats, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in mink, feline spongiform encephalopathy in cats, and in humans: kuru, both classic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome, and fatal familial insomnia. (Note: The one case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United States is in a young woman who likely contracted the disease while living in the United Kingdom. Symptoms appeared after she mo

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(top) Yes. BSE stands for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and it is widely referred to as “mad cow disease.” It is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle. BSE is named because of the spongy appearance of the brain tissue of infected cattle examined under a microscope. Is mad cow disease related to any other diseases? (top) Mad Cow Disease belongs to a family of diseases known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE animal diseases found in the United States include scrapie in sheep and goats, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in mink, feline spongiform encephalopathy in cats, and in humans: kuru, both classic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome, and fatal familial insomnia. What causes mad cow disease and other TSEs? (top) The agent that is responsible for Mad Cow Disease and other TSEs has not been fully characterized. Although othe

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