Another case of atypical mad cow disease
was reported in 2012 in California, according to the U.S.
February 2001--France says that it will kill 10,000 head of cattle each week in order to raise beef prices, which have drastically lowered since the panic about mad cow disease
case of mad cow disease
was found in the state of Washington.
He cites a study of sheep that proved it was theoretically possible for mad cow disease
to spread via human blood.
But at the time, no one had ever heard of mad cow disease
. The cow died six weeks later.
Now, the team of Italian researchers reports a study of eight cows with mad cow disease
found that two of them had brain damage resembling that in the human victims of CJD.
Mad cow disease
is an illness that destroys a cow's brain cells.
This is even more apparent due to the recent correlation of mad cow disease
and factory farm handling and procedures.
Most policies covering agribusiness specifically exclude mad cow disease
or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy from policies, leaving it up to niche underwriters such as General Fire & Casualty' and Denver-based Farm Credit Services Inc., which offers BSE coverage through Lloyd's of London.
(Those are the tissues that would most likely contain the misfolded proteins called prions that cause mad cow disease
and variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.) But the USDA needs to do more (see coupon).
First AIDS, then Lyme disease, mad cow disease
, West Nile, and most recently SARS have rightfully captured widespread public attention, albeit usually through 15-second sound bite reporting.
That single Holstein in Washington state found to be infected with mad cow disease
is turning out to be a billion-dollar animal.