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Mad cow disease

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Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is a severe neurological disease in cattle that causes damage to the brain and spinal cord. Consumption of food contaminated with infected animal carcasses can lead to serious illness in humans.

The human form of mad cow disease is called variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. There is often confusion between these two illnesses. No cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease have been identified in Australia to date.

Following the initial cases of mad cow disease (BSE) in the United Kingdom in 1986, Australian government bodies and industry have worked to mitigate human risk from BSE through careful risk management strategies to beef supplies.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Last reviewed: August 2017

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Mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease) information | myVMC

Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy; BSE) causes dementia and movement disorders. One cause is eating beef contaminated with BSE.

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Brain Foundation | Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Read more at Virtual Medical Centre Description Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare brain disorder

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and a link to printable version in PDF format

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease - including symptoms, treatment and prevention :: SA Health

These are progressive fatal infections of the brain caused by an infectious protein particle called a prion. These diseases are some of a group of brain infections known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE).

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease -

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) is a fatal, degenerative brain disorder that causes rapidly progressive dementia and loss of muscle control. It is a rare disease, affecting 1–2 people in every million in Australia.

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Food poisoning prevention and food safety | myVMC

Food-borne diseases are diseases that are transmitted by food. Food that has been contaminated with pathogens including micro-organisms like bacteria or toxic substances like lead or mercury can cause infection and/or toxicity if a person eats the food. Eating contaminated food causes the micro-organisms or other contaminants to enter your body.

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Dementia is more common in people over 65, but it is not a normal part of ageing.

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