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BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY (BSE)

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French Equivalent: Encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine (ESB)

Definition:
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal disease of the central nervous system of cattle, first identified in the United Kingdom in 1986.

Context:
On 20 March 1996, the UK Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) announced the discovery of a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD), a fatal disease of the central nervous system in humans, which might be linked to consumption of beef affected by exposure to BSE.

Source Publication:
Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: Monitoring and Evaluation 2000: Glossary of Agricultural Policy Terms, OECD.

Cross References:
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Agricultural policy indicators

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, April 18, 2013