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Mad cow disease (or bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE]) is a fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system of adult cattle. Though the specific cause isn't known, it is speculated that infectious prions are the likely cause. Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease is found in people and is similar to BSE. A variation of this disease is thought to be caused by eating beef products from BSE-infected cattle.

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    • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. CJD generally appears in the later...learn more »
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      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Article
      • What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)?
      • What are the symptoms of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
      • How is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease diagnosed?
      • What causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
      • How is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease transmitted?
      • What research is taking place with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
      • How can I help research?
      • Where can I get more information about Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
      • How is the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease treated?
    • Food Poisoning Food poisoning is common, but can also be life threatening. The most common form of food poisoning is caused by bacteria and...learn more »
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      Food Poisoning Article
      • Food poisoning facts
      • What is food poisoning?
      • What are the types of food poisoning?
      • What are the causes of food poisoning?
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      • Intermediate incubation from about 1 to 3 days
      • Long incubation 3 to 5 days
      • Very long incubation up to a month
      • What are the signs and symptoms of food poisoning?
      • Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?
      • When should the doctor be called for food poisoning?
      • How is food poisoning diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for food poisoning?
      • Are there any home remedies for food Poisoning?
      • How long does food poisoning last?
      • What are the complications of food poisoning?
      • How can food poisoning be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for food poisoning?
    • Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a degenerative, fatal brain disorder in humans. Symptoms are initially psychiatric or...learn more »
    • Encephalopathy Encephalopathy means brain disease, damage, or malfunction. Causes of encephalopathy are varied and numerous. The main symptom of...learn more »
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      Encephalopathy Article
      • Encephalopathy facts
      • Encephalopathy definition and overview
      • What causes encephalopathy?
      • What are the symptoms of encephalopathy?
      • How is encephalopathy diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for encephalopathy?
      • What are the complications of encephalopathy?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for encephalopathy?
      • Can encephalopathy be prevented?
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Terms related to Mad Cow Disease:

  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
  • BSE