Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)  
Also Known as 'Mad Cow Disease' 

The infection, called bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, turns the brains of animals spongy. Consuming infected meat can cause a related human disease called variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, a fatal brain-wasting disorder. Unlike diseases caused by bacteria or viruses, BSE is caused by a self-replicating protein called a prion. 
 

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Last updated: 12/23/2003