Agriculture officials say a rarely seen type of crazy cow illness has been found in Alabama. Crazy cow illness can spread from byproducts of cud-chewing animals being used in feed, but the state says that’s not what happened.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says this only the fifth case of the atypical form of the disease being confirmed in the United States.
The cow wasn’t slaughtered and its meat didn’t enter the food chain.
A statement from state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed in an 11-year-old beef cow.
as mentioned in The Alabama cow is the fourth atypical case ever detected in the US.
An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for an “atypical” strain of the prion disease Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
These atypical types also create different lesion patterns in the brains of infected cows.
What is clear is that these atypical types are very rare.
Apart from those, there has only been one case of C-type BSE in the US.
Alabama’s crazy cow had an unusual type of the illness
An “atypical” form of mad cow disease has been found in an 11-year-old beef cow in Alabama.
Mad cow disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cows.
This is also the form that was the target of the “mad cow scare” that started in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.
Of the four previous cases in the US, only one of them was of the classical form, and said cow was imported from Canada.
In the United States, fear over mad cow caused cattle prices to drop, and in 2003, a single case of mad cow in Washington state was enough to cause several countries to ban beef imports from the US.