MAD COW disease first appeared in cow in Great Britain in 1985, and was recognized as an infectious disease in 1986, as reported in Beef Myths. This disease can be transferred from one animal to another, if the feed remnants of one cow is consumed by another cow.
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (VCJD) is the name given to the mad cow disease in humans, it was named after the researcher Creutzfeldt-Jakob, who was successful in identifying the first classic condition of the disease. This disease is transmitted to humans if they eat the tissue of the cattle which was infected with BSE. This disease in its classic form occurs to older people while the type which is caused by eating infected cattle occurs in younger individuals. The symptoms of VCJD in humans includes ataxia, dementia (loss of memory and confusion), myoclonus, muscle spasm and lack of muscle control, reported emedicinehealth.
There is no known treatment for Mad cow disease, research is being done to find the possible drugs to treat the disease in cattle's and humans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the approval to the university in California to test the drugs on humans. The drugs which are being tested are Quinacrine (drug used to treat malaria) and Chlorpromazin (drug used to treat schizophrenia).
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