Animal Writes
13 June 1999 Issue
Mad Cow Disease Warning

by Robert Cohen

Saturday, June 12, 1999: If you visited England and ate meat or drank milk,
do NOT donate blood!

Mad cow disease is no laughing matter. Thousands of Americans have died of
an Alzheimer's-type of disease called CJD, Cruetzfeldt-Jacob disease. Their
brains slowly turn into a sponge-like mass and deteriorate.

Last week Americans received this warning:

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - At least some Americans who visited Britain
frequently at the height of the mad cow disease scare should be forbidden to
donate blood back home, a federal panel recommended Wednesday. The
advisers to the Food and Drug Administration expressed concern about a
theoretical risk that a similar human brain disease might be able to spread
through blood. Panel members stressed their vote did not mean that frequent
travelers to Britain are at risk of getting a fatal illness linked to mad cow
disease or of spreading it through their blood. The problem is scientists don't
know if the illness can be spread that way.

PRION - The substance in milk or meat, which causes this degenerative neural
condition, cannot be destroyed by 1000 degree heat. Its incubation period can
be as long as thirty years.

GOT MILK? - Drink body fluids from cows, or eat their flesh, and you might very
well be ingesting a ticking time bomb.

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