Mad Cow Disease Newly Confirmed in California *LINK* *PIC*

Mad Cow Disease Newly Confirmed in California *LINK* *PIC*
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Friday, April 27, 2012 03:21 pm



A dairy cow in California’s Central Valley was found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease, which is fatal and causes degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. A USDA spokesman said that the cow did not enter the food chain and that its carcass will be destroyed.

John Clifford of the USDA chief veterinary officer says that the cow had an atypical case of BSE and did not get the disease from eating infected cattle feed.  An official at Cornell University says that this was a “random mutation” that happens once in a while.