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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
  No CrAzY cOwS!!!
The USDA has finally released it’s Report saying that the cow in question was indeed sane! This is of course very comforting. The last thing we need in this country right now is more craziness!

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE. Commonly referred to as Mad Cow disease was first seen in the UK in 1986 with over 36,000 cases nationwide by 1993. It has since been in steady decline in the UK, but they still discover around 10 cases a week. At the highest levels there were almost 1000 new cases a week! To date there has only been one case of BSE in the U.S. That case was discovered on a dairy farm in Washington in December 2003. The crazy ruminant came from Canada!

BSE is a slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle. Affected animals show signs that include; changes in mental state (they go crazy!), abnormalities of posture (those cows painting the signs on the freeway) and movement (river-dancing) and of sensation (they see the music and taste the colors).

The original case is believed to have come from feed that was contaminated with sheep parts. It seems to me that I remember hearing that some other diseases have originated in sheep. The problem seems to be one of cannibalism or ruminant eating ruminant. It seems that whatever is left after all the main parts are carved up and the rest is scraped up off the floor for head cheese, scrapple and hot dogs is ground up and put back into the food supply for these animals. Estimates show that a very small amount of one crazed cow mixed in with a whole bunch of feed can make ALL the other cows mad! I would say so, probably makes the feed have that freezer burn taste to it!

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD) is said to come from eating a mad cow. There have been only 155 confirmed or suspected cases of vCJD worldwide since BSE was first discovered. When you think about this it should give you some comfort knowing that there have probably been hundreds of thousands of people that have eaten one of these crazed cows and not very many that have contracted this disease. One other thing, this disease IS NOT transmitted in dairy products!

The FDA has outlawed the use of any of the high-risk parts of cattle in dietary supplements and cosmetics, so those should be safe also. The only thing that worries me is that the FDA said Viox was safe too!
 
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Blogger, I just started a new blog called Ugly Blog, so I've been looking around for ugliness related blogs. Anyway, I found this entry (No CrAzY cOwS!!!) during my search so I thought I'd make a quick post to let you know! I'd be happy to trade links if you're interested. Have a great day - Eric
 
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