Possible Cow to Cow
Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform
June 12th 2006
New cases of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE)
have appeared in cows in Texas and Alabama. These cases appear to be an
atypical form of the disease. Scientists believe it may be a new strain
of the disease that can be passed from cow to cow.
Scientists theorize that cows pick up BSE, a cellular prion protein (prions
are smaller than viruses), from their feed. In this case however, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the existence of a rare
strain and researchers are still unsure how the disease was
"It's most important right now, till the science tells us otherwise,
that we treat this as BSE regardless," the Agriculture Department's
chief veterinarian, John Clifford, said. According to FoodConsumer.org,
laboratory studies on mice showed that both the classic and atypical
strains could be spread from one animal to another.