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'Mad Cow' Death in Texas Not Seen as Health Concern

The death of a person in Texas from 'Mad Cow Disease' last week is not seen as a threat to public health, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  It is the fourth case of what is technically called 'Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease' in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control did not provide any information about the patient, other than to say that the individual had traveled outside the United States, to Europe and to the Middle East.

  That doesn't surprise David Anderson of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M.

  "Just like the other three cases, this person spent extensive time in Europe," Anderson said.

  'Mad Cow Disease' was first isolated in Europe n the 1990s, and more of the roughly 225 cases which have been identified since then are in Europe, mainly in the United Kingdom.

  The CDC says there is no indication that the death in Texas indicates there are any issues with the state's cattle population, or that there is an elevated danger of people in Texas getting the disease.

  "It's not a virus, its not a touching or anything like that, in this case you actually have to eat the diseased cow parts," Anderson said.

  The appearance of Mad Cow disease in so called 'downer cattle' has led to those animals being removed from the food processing chain.  Officials stress there is no indication that any U.S. or Texas cattle is infected with the disease.

 

 

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