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Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies affect a variety of vertebrates, including humans. While scrapie has been enzootic in sheep for centuries, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) appeared only some 12 years ago but rapidly became epizootic. It is not clear whether BSE originated in cattle as a rare spontaneous event or whether it stems from sheep, but its spread is clearly due to feeding of cattle-derived contaminated bone and meat meal. Recent evidence links the appearance of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans to consumption of BSE-contaminated cattle-derived products.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
610 Medicine & health
|Date:||01 October 1997|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 13:26|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 22:52|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times cited: 47|
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