How to Treat Mad Cow Disease

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Mad cow disease is incurable and a fatal brain disease that affects cattle, goats and sheep. This disease affects their nervous system, causing the animal to act strange and unsteady, nervous, aggressive, and have a loss in body weight despite continued appetite. The medical name for this disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. There is a link between BSE in cows and a rare brain condition affecting people called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

  • Search for a cure for mad cow disease. Currently there is no known treatment for this disease. Scientists are actively researching drugs for possible cures in animals and in people for this disease.

  • Note that the incubation period in cows for mad cow disease is from 30 months to eight years with only a few rare exceptions in younger animals.

  • Acknowledge that three dozen patients are testing two new drugs that may help in treating the mad cow disease known in people as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). These drugs are Quinacrine which is for treating malaria and chlorpromazine which is a drug used to treat schizophrenia. The FDA has recently given their okay to the University in California to test these drugs on human patients all suffering from these diseases of the brain.

  • Watch for psychiatric symptoms in younger patients as the initial symptoms. There is a strong epidemiologic which links this degenerative and fatal brain disorder in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) to eating of the BSE-contaminated meat product found in cows.

  • Death is the result of a similar complex disease in humans, known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). This disease acts like an accelerated form of Alzheimer's and is an irreversible degeneration of brain tissue-holes formed in the brain. The person becomes disabled and will finally die.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not eat meat that has been recalled.

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