New British mad cow disease danger

This video is about mad cow disease in Britain.

By Barry Mason:

Britain: New wave of human BSE/vCJD feared

27 December 2008

News reports have raised the spectre of a second wave of deaths in Britain from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease vCJD as a result of people, overwhelmingly young adults, having consumed meat or meat products from cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease.

The first case of BSE was in Britain in 1984. It was associated with the growing practice of recycling the corpses of dead farm animals in the production of protein cattle feed. A similar disease in sheep had been recognised for many years. It is thought that the prion agent which causes the disease in sheep, Scrapie, had been able to jump the species barrier and infect cattle as well—the result of recycling animal remains in the production of cattle protein pellets.

The British Conservative government of the time strenuously denied the possibility of the disease passing to human beings. However, in 1992, 18-year-old Stephen Churchill became the first to be diagnosed with the human form of the disease. He died in 1995, and in 1996 the Tory government was forced to admit humans could become infected as a result of BSE in cattle.

Meat could once again be fed to animals under plans to relax rules introduced to prevent the transmission of BSE more than 20 years after the emergence of “mad cow disease” caused a public health and political crisis: here.

USA: More than 4,000 pounds of rib-eye and other fresh beef products have been recalled because they could contain contaminated materials linked to mad cow disease: here.

By the time symptoms of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) are typically discovered, death is looming and inevitable. In a new study, researchers report finding tell-tale evidence of the condition’s infectious agent in the eyes of deceased sCJD patients, making the eye a potential source for both early CJD detection and prevention of disease transmission: here.

8 thoughts on “New British mad cow disease danger

  1. However, the link between vCJD, BSE and scrapie has been widely accepted although never proved. Two groups of eminent British scientists argued in 2001 over whether the “infectious agent” in BSE would kill 136,000 Britons or only a few thousand. And what is the reality- where is the truth, seven years later? The 1st vCJD cases were observed in 1995, and the peak number of deaths was 28 in the year 2000, followed by 20 in 2001, 17 in 2002, 18 in 2003, 9 in 2004, 5 in 2005, 5 in 2006, 5 in 2007, and only one so far in 2008.” So these findings (2008) act in concert with Dr VENTERS theory („The epidemic that never was“) published in 2001


  2. Hi Mr Hlasny, you write: “The 1st vCJD cases were observed in 1995”. In fact, the web post says: “However, in 1992, 18-year-old Stephen Churchill became the first to be diagnosed with the human form of the disease. He died in 1995, and in 1996 the Tory government was forced to admit humans could become infected as a result of BSE in cattle.”

    You give no source for your numbers of deaths. Let us suppose that they are correct. Even then, 100 people who died from vCJD is, though less than if thousands would have died, a tragedy. And it is to be hoped that the numbers will not go up again, as the article quoted in my web post thinks.


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  4. BSE scare prompts US beef sanctions

    INDONESIA: Imports of US beef have been suspended following the discovery of a US dairy cow infected with mad cow disease, the government said on Thursday.

    “We will lift the ban as soon as the US can assure us its dairy cows are free of mad cow disease,” said Indonesia’s Vice Agriculture Minister Rusman Heriawan.

    Prior to this case Indonesia had said it wanted to reduce its dependency on beef imports.


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