Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or "Mad Cow Disease"

Since 1996, evidence has been increasing for a causal relationship between the outbreak in Europe of a disease in cattle, called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow disease"), and a disease in humans, called "variant" Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

Both disorders are invariably fatal brain diseases with unusually long incubation periods measured in years, and are caused by abnormally folded proteins in the brain called "prions" (pree-ons).

Updated Thursday, 29-Sep-2022 12:18:57 CDT