Mad Cow Disease
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
Human Brain with BSE
This is an example of what human brains look like with BSE, on the left is the brain with BSE, right is a normal human brain
This is a cow that is effected by "Mad Cow." Note the skinniness.
This is a cartoon showing what "Mad Cow" was, how it explained it.
Who does it effect?
- apprehension and nervous disposition
- excessive sensitivity to stimuli (light, noise, touch)
- manic kicking when milked
- occasional aggression directed at other cattle or humans
- swaying gait, sometimes with high stepping of the feet, particularly the hind legs
- difficulties in walking or getting up
- loss of condition, weight or milk yield
- Avoid feed with mammalian protein - Primary way of getting "Mad Cow"
- Follow the Food & Drug Administration's ban on imports - The FDA doesn't allow feed or live animals to be imported with documented cases
- Test cattle regularly for early detection - So it doesn't spread to the other cattle if one has it