Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

  title={Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.},
  author={Jane L Harman and Christopher J. Silva},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  volume={234 1},
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is an infectious disease of cattle that is transmitted through the consumption of meat-and-bone meal from infected cattle. The etiologic agent is an aberrant isoform of the native cellular prion protein that is a normal component of neurologic tissue. There currently are no approved tests that can detect BSE in live cattle.