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News :: Environment : Social Welfare
Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
03 Jul 2005
AUDIO: A year and a half after the first case of mad cow disease was discovered in this country, the U.S. government came forward Friday, June 24th, with news of the second case of Mad Cow Disease in the US. According to an initial report, this cow, at least eight years old, was found crippled and covered in manure, apparently suffering from dementia. She was discovered last November. U.S. officials took tissue samples, incinerated her corpse, and declared her free of the disease after initial tests. However, a recent round of tests conducted at a lab in England determined this cow did have the disease.

Meanwhile, outbreaks of the bird flu loom on the horizon. While relatively harmless levels of the flu, which is carried by chickens, cycle through U.S. farms on a regular basis, very harmful levels may appear in U.S. chickens soon. Two bird flu pandemics actually claimed the lives of over 100, 000 people in the U.S. during the 20th century. Some researchers are warning that another pandemic is coming again.
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Re: Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
03 Jul 2005
Only a Mad Communist would be celebrating Mad Cow Disease.
Re: Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
04 Jul 2005
and how many of the herd were infectid by waste products before they were rushed to the processing plants that did make it into the human food chain?
Re: Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
04 Jul 2005
The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.
-Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Re: Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
04 Jul 2005
Butchers are required to cut on both sides of the spine in Canada to eliminate the spinal column and head from any animal over 30 months of age. Also all animals are eartagged with codes pointing back to original farms and feedlots. Is the first point practiced in the U.S? Point of origin of an animal must not be practiced, as regards the second point, since DNA testing was required for identification.
Re: Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
06 Jul 2005
I have never heard of a bird flu pandemic in the US during the 20th century that killed anyone
Re: Second Case of Mad Cow Disease Hits the U.S.
06 Jul 2005
Hi Rob,

Yeah, it doesn't seem to be very widely know, but indeed according to the CDC there were two bird flu pandemics -- the "Asian Flu" of the late '50's and the "Hong Kong Flu" of the late '60's -- that together caused more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. (Another pandemic which may or may not have originated in birds -- the "Spanish Flu" -- caused more than 500,000 U.S. deaths in the early part of the 20th century.) You can read more about it at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/pandemics.htm