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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, Mad Cow Disease)

G. K. Bruckner
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 16, No 1 | a663 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v16i1.663 | © 1997 G. K. Bruckner | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 1997 | Published: 11 July 1997

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G. K. Bruckner,, South Africa

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Abstract

Mad Cow Disease or BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) became a household name internationally and also in South Africa. International hysteria resulted following reports of a possible link between a disease diagnosed in cattle in Britain and a variant of the disease diagnosed in humans after the presumed ingestion or contact with meat from infected cattle. The European Union instituted a ban on the importation of beef from the United Kingdom during March 1996 that had a severe effect on the beef industry in the UK and also resulted in a world wide consumer resistance against beef consumption.

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