Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

A brain disorder in adult cattle that may be spread to humans through diseased meat.


Mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a brain disorder in cattle. Humans may acquire the disorder by eating diseased meat. In humans, the disorder is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).


CJD ultimately leads to dementia and death. The condition is rare.


Treatment focuses on keeping the person as comfortable as possible.

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