Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease, scrapie, and the threat to humans from prion disease epizootics.


Ongoing endemics and epidemics of prion disease afflict several species of ruminants regularly consumed by humans. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is epidemic in British cattle, and is now found in the cattle of more than 20 countries. A large, and apparently growing, epidemic of chronic wasting disease plagues deer and elk in North America. Finally… (More)


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