BSE is caused by misshapen protein particles called prions, which can survive cooking and sterilization techniques. Consuming beef from a cow that was infected with BSE will cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, a progressive brain-wasting illness that is incurable and invariably fatal. A severe outbreak of BSE struck the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s, leading to the infection and death of more than 150 people. More than 4.4 million cattle were ultimately destroyed in an effort ...

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