The scarry thing to me is that only 1 in every 1473 cows is tested for mad cow. They cannot test living cattle and sometimes animals with mad cow do not show the symptoms for up to 5years+. The problem is that mad cow is often confused in humans with other diseases like alzhimers and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Classic (CJD) Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). I still eat meat but sometimes I stop and wonder
i'm glad i've been eating chicken lately
That in it's self may be an early sign.=DumbDude sometimes I stop and wonder
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I am not so worried... I mean, you have to wonder, how many people eat meat here in the US alone? Probably 150 million eat red meat at least once to twice a month. So if this did break out, how many people would actually get the disease? Not many, if at all. Even if you eat the meat infected with Mad Cows, that doesn't mean you will get it, in fact, very little chance you will.
I think it should be tested and we should be concerned, but not worried. You have a greated chance dieing in a car accident, suicide, shooting, lightning bolt, etc...
However, I think that is probably the worst disease anyone could get, mentally that is... Slowly dieing and losing control of muscles until you can no longer swollow... Lord, please youthanise me if that happens to me or a loved one, in a natural way
I think being buried alive would be the worst way to go. Especially if they left airholes for you.
Or perhaps being stranded at sea.
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i eat about a pound of steak a day ... and have for about the last 2 years or so - i wonder how long til i start showing symptoms
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steak seems like it would be a safer meat to eat. The problems get worse when you start eating ground up things like hot dogs and slim jims... i would imagine. And who knows there may not be any tainted meat in the system like the U.S government said to other nations that import our meat.
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It is quite possible that just like Cancer, Mad Cows has always existed. Meaning, the more tests you do, the more you are going to find it. They are going to be using the "international" method of testing, which is less rigorous than toda's testing, but more rigorous than in 2002.
Nothing to worry about... Besides, 150 deaths is extremely small in a 10 - 15 year period of time. If spongiform didn't kill them, then something else would have, statisticly.
However, if we dont know how much mad cow is out there, then we cant even begin to justify testing people; #1 no one thinks of mad cow #2 it is very expensive. I assume there have been no tests done on people in the U.S that have died from something similar to mad cow (which very well might have been mad cow). For example, alzhimers and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Classic (CJD) Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)... but CBS news didnt state those diseases were on an increase statistically.Originally Posted by ArchAngel777
Yeah, true, I guess.
I just don't want to see the price of beef go up as a result... :-(
from what i understand Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is mad cow disease but in human form... when humans get BSE (bovine spongeform encephalopathy) it is diagnosed as variant CJD. as well from what i understand, symptoms start to show years later ie. 10-20.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned this cow is like 9yrs old. The way cows get this disease is through eating other dead cow parts (which is no longer allowed). This cow probably ate some of that feed 9yrs ago, when it was still allowed. I usually eat chicken, but have a steak every now and then.
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Probably it's true. It is likely that these outbreaks (mad cow, avian flu) are caused when many animals are brought in close proximity with less sanitary conditions. That's why it is important to imrpove farming conditions and early detection of outbreaks. Inevitably, these additional measures will increase the cost of beef/poultry inevitably. Some good info are found in the CDC website for BSE and avian flu.Originally Posted by ArchAngel777
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I'll be more than happy to eat a steak that someone else wouldn't eat because they're scared of mad cow.
Fk it, Im not worried at all. You put beef in front of me, well done, medium, rare or freaking raw ill devour it. Hell yes.
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Cooking isn't guaranteed to alter the proteins enough to make them non-agglutinating ("infectious").