Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its epidemiology.

  title={Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its epidemiology.},
  author={Peter G Smith and Raymond Bradley},
  journal={British medical bulletin},
Since the recognition of BSE in 1986, over 180,000 cattle in the UK have developed the disease and 1-3 million are likely to have been infected with the BSE agent, most of which were slaughtered for human consumption before developing signs of the disease. The origin of the first case of BSE is unknown, but the epidemic was caused by the recycling of processed waste parts of cattle, some of which were infected with the BSE agent, to other cattle in feed. Control measures have resulted in the… CONTINUE READING
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