Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Maybe being able to
see the Hollywood sign from my living room makes everything remind me of a bad
horror movie, but seeing the headline "New Strain of 'Mad Cow' Disease"
is enough to make anyone (especially meat-eaters) shriek like a celluloid
scream queen. That's right—bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
has struck again!
Mad cow disease
first captured the world's attention when it appeared on the scene in the
and it has since been found in cows in Canada,
the U.S., and now Japan—although the latest stricken animals are believed to
have come from
One cow who tested positive was only
23 months old,
the youngest ever found with BSE, and officials believe that this may be a new
strain of the disease that can't always be detected with Japan's current
Since the prions that
cause BSE can be found in all parts of an affected animal's flesh, staying away
from meat is really the only sure-fire way to avoid mad cow disease.
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