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Mad Cow Disease

When was Mad Cow disease first discovered?


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May 10, 2012 3:14PM

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, the scientific name for mad cow disease) was first identified as a separate and distinct disease of cattle in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, BSE was not identified as being zoonotic until the early 1990s when a sudden increased in variant Creutzfeld-Jacobs Disease (vCJD) was observed by human physicians.