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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Other Names: Mad Cow Disease, BSE
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, caused by a prion, that mainly affects cattle.

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The full statement released by USDA's Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford on the detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States may be read at the following link:

For more information regarding BSE, visit USDA's BSE Information Center.

USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS):

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS):

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

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