Happy or MAD cows?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by orangello, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/mad-cow-case-confirmed-california-190915437.html

    They found a dairy cow in commiefornia with "mad cow" disease. Read about the symptoms of this disease and the incubation times in humans. A local guy died of it a couple of years ago; it was not pretty to watch from what i was told. It is my understanding he probably picked it up while overseas (including Canada & Britain), but it is hard to be sure with a incubation period that can be years.

    So, tofu dogs anyone?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_cow_disease
    wikinfo on mad cow

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VCJD in people
     
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  2. Model70

    Model70 New Member

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    Just buy beef from Utah :)
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    This is very bad news. Calif. is the biggest milk producer. Plus you can bet it will spread. Will it infect deer/elk? No one knows. Bad bad.
     
  4. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    someone say mad cow?

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  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    humans can develop it with no contact at all with diseased cows. most likely the guy had it as a genetic mutation from birth.
     
  6. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    That's a huge problem.

    Still, only four confirmed cases since 2003 should give us some hope that we don't have to stop eating steak.
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Actually, if you look into how the CDC tracks human cases, there is a strong possibilty of missed data. I couldn't find any info on their site about the local guy who died of it, probably because his death certificate may not have listed it as the "cause of death".

    edit* I asked my mom about the local guy who passed from the disease; she indicated that all of the doctors and such encouraged the family NOT to refer to the disease as "mad cow" when discussing it with people outside the family, though they admitted that was the cause.
     
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  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Because of my time overseas (and the beef was supplied from England), I can no longer donate blood.

    The threat of Mad Cow disease is still there.
     
  9. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    I just talked to a friend of mine who used to be a funeral director.

    He said he had a case once where the Docs refused to do an autopsy to confirm as it was suspected and the death was monitored.
     
  10. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I guess black CIA helicopters would fit in at a funeral.