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Anybody Want a Hamburger?

Are you at risk for mad cow disease?

Beef. It’s what for dinner. But you may need to be careful with it. Recent years have seen the emergence of a rare but deadly disease affecting adult cows known as mad cow disease (easier to pronounce than its scientific name, “bovine spongiform encephalopathy,” or BSE). You may wonder: cows get sick...so what's the big deal? Well, the disease can pass through cooked meat and infect humans.

Hamburgers, steak, and roast are staple meals in many homes. As you purchase your beef from the grocery store, restaurant, or butcher, you're placing your trust in the safety of the meat industry, which may be handling a deadly disease.

Here's what you need to know about mad cow disease.

A Mad Cow

An infection of BSE slowly eats away at a cow's brain and nervous system, causing the cow to lose its normal abilities such as walking, makes it act “mad,” violent, or insane (hence the name mad cow). Within a year or so after infection, the infected cow dies.

Scientists believe a cow becomes infected with BSE through its food. (Unfortunately, some cows used to be fed remains of dead cows that contained the infection). In the early stages, you can't tell by looking at a cow if it's sick and diagnosis is difficult. An infected cow is not contagious to other cows and there's no treatment for the disease.

Transmission to Humans

Milk and milk products are deemed safe from cows with BSE, but were you to eat cooked or uncooked beef from an infected cow, you put yourself at risk for developing a variation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human equivalent of mad cow disease.

Because only brain and spinal cord tissue from a cow are contaminated, these products are now never allowed to touch other foods. Many countries, including the United States, have strict safety measures in place to avoid cross-contamination. Since 1997, cows are no longer fed food made from cow parts or other animals at risk for contracting BSE (sheep, mink, deer, goats, and elk).

This is why so few cases of the disease have been seen in the U.S. To date in the U.S., only four cows have been diagnosed with BSE.

Symptoms of vCJD

Because of its slow progression, diagnosis of vCJD is tricky until the late stages of the disease. At first, a person may experience neurological symptoms such as a loss of coordination, personality changes, blurred vision, memory loss, insomnia, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, or depression. As time goes by, dementia sets in, symptoms worsen, and a person falls into a coma until heart failure, pneumonia, or respiratory failure ultimately lead to death. A meager 12 to 14 months is all it takes from the time of the first symptom to the time of death.

Presently, there is no cure for this deadly disease, but research is ongoing. Treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms, relieving pain, and making the patient comfortable. When a person has the disease, he or she can't pass it on to anyone else.

Other forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease affect people, but the variant CJD transmitted from infected beef has only been confirmed in an estimated 220 people worldwide. In the U.S., only four people have died from vCJD—the same number of infected cows found in the United States. These deaths all occurred after individuals ate meat from another country.