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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Oct 18, 2018 11:59:16 AM
Mad Cow Disease is back!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45901043

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/18/bse-case-found-on-aberdeenshire-farm

According to the guardian

"A spokesman said it was standard procedure for a confirmed case of classical BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), which does not represent a threat to human health."

This sentence is ambiguous but the most obvious interpretation is that BSE doesn't represent a threat to human health (as opposed to this individual confirmed case).

Of course, this is incorrect. In fact BSE does represent a threat to human health.

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mancurse - 18 Oct 2018 12:15:32 (#1 of 53)

I hope they don't show that awful stumbly cow footage on the news, I found that very upsetting back in the day.

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thisonehasalittlehat - 18 Oct 2018 12:20:41 (#3 of 53)

BSE does present a threat to human health although the risks are pretty tiny. Only a handful of people went on to develop CJD when we had whole heards of BSE infected cattle up and down the country for years. The risk of a single case is for all intents and purposes zero.

GyratingTrampoline - 18 Oct 2018 12:32:46 (#4 of 53)

It killed 229 people in total, out of about 470,000 infected animals being eaten by people.

So only .05% chance of a human death per infected animal that gets eaten by humans.

But since there's a long incubation period, the danger is that one new detection of the disease could be the start of a fresh outbreak.

Macpaddy - 18 Oct 2018 12:41:50 (#5 of 53)

The odds are that this is the first of a new batch.

RosyLovelady - 18 Oct 2018 12:43:40 (#6 of 53)

< I hope they don't show that awful stumbly cow footage on the news >

That's no way to talk about our Prime Minister.

thisonehasalittlehat - 18 Oct 2018 12:44:33 (#7 of 53)

Look it's on a faraway Island that nobody lives on. It's probably been there for years wobbling about.

thisonehasalittlehat - 18 Oct 2018 12:45:00 (#8 of 53)

Oh hang on it's not.

mancurse - 18 Oct 2018 12:45:21 (#9 of 53)

Oh dear, just as we Brexit. Unable to sell our beef overseas, and unable to eat it ourselves, at least until the glorious bonfire of farming regulations.

AlanII - 18 Oct 2018 12:45:30 (#10 of 53)

#6 Arf.

HouseOfLametta - 18 Oct 2018 12:46:04 (#11 of 53)

I remember the glorious bonfires. Smelt like Armageddon.

mancurse - 18 Oct 2018 12:48:28 (#12 of 53)

What with the summer drought affecting crops and BSE now back in our cattle, we are going to need to stockpile for Brexit more than ever.

invicta - 18 Oct 2018 12:52:15 (#13 of 53)

10 Brexit crowbar points...

HouseOfLametta - 18 Oct 2018 12:57:23 (#14 of 53)

PROJECT FEAR

FleurDuMal - 18 Oct 2018 15:49:22 (#15 of 53)

That's no way to talk about our Prime Minister.

Bad Rosy!

cozzer - 18 Oct 2018 15:57:02 (#16 of 53)

Only a handful of people went on to develop CJD

So far.

LippyPongstocking - 18 Oct 2018 15:59:27 (#17 of 53)

Did John Selwyn-Gummer's daughter escape the enforced burger-eating unscathed?

otraynor - 18 Oct 2018 16:00:45 (#18 of 53)

For years I wasn't allowed to give blood in America because I had spent too long in the UK eating your mad cows. Then it arrived in North America and no one really worried that much.

GyratingTrampoline - 18 Oct 2018 16:02:22 (#19 of 53)

So far



The rate of CJD has dropped off for the past couple of decades so unless there is a new epidemic of mad cow disease we should be all right.

Only a handful



Still almost twice as lethal as post-GFA terrorism, and we proper shit our pants over that

cozzer - 18 Oct 2018 16:08:56 (#20 of 53)

The rate of CJD has dropped off for the past couple of decades so unless there is a new epidemic of mad cow disease we should be all right.

Last time I checked (which was a while ago, admmittedly), all of the people who died were of the same genotype. So there is certainly a possibility that they represent fast incubators, and there is a population of slow incubators yet to develop symptoms.

Of course, it's true that the long things go on, the less likely that is to happen, but...

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