bovine spongiform encephalitis meaning

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Noun: bovine spongiform encephalitis
  1. A fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system; causes staggering and agitation
    - BSE, mad cow disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy

Type of: animal disease

Encyclopedia: Bovine spongiform encephalitis

A transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cattle associated with abnormal prion proteins in the brain. Affected animals develop excitability and salivation followed by ATAXIA. This disorder has been associated with consumption of SCRAPIE infected ruminant derived protein. This condition may be transmitted to humans,where it is referred to as variant or new variant CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB SYNDROME. (Vet Rec 1998 Jul 25;143(41):101-5)


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  1. Mad cow disease, first detected in Britain in 1986, is known technically as bovine spongiform encephalitis.
  2. If you called it " bovine spongiform encephalitis ", the joke would be more difficult to figure out.
  3. :: Note that cooked beef can also cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob, AKA bovine spongiform encephalitis, AKA mad cow disease.
  4. The outbreaks of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis ( BSE ) in the late 1980s and early 1990s further restricted the handling of brain tissue.
  5. The New Zealand Meat Producers Board said in a report that the bovine spongiform encephalitis epidemic has resulted in artificial market conditions for all meats in the U . K.

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