Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

Head shot of a dairy cow Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Other Animal Related Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliographic listing of articles and Web site resources about BSE, the emergence of the disease in the UK, and the political and social events surrounding the BSE crisis.


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Questions and Answers

United States Food and Drug Administration.

List of resources on BSE including consumer information, recent FDA actions, industry/veterinary information, blood safety, and vaccines.


BSE Information and Resources

US Department of Agriculture.

Press releases, transcripts, and statements from the USDA.


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Home Page

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Links to news, surveillance documents, and trade information for countries/regions affected by BSE.


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Resources

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

This page provides information USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service resources on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: An Overview

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), widely referred to as "mad cow disease," is a chronic degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle. The disease was first diagnosed in 1986 in Great Britain.


Mad Cow Disease: Questions and Answers Regarding Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD)

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn about bovine spongiform encephalopathy and its prevalence in the United States. Also see information on Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease.


BSE Information Links & Resources

WSU. College of Veterinary Medicine.

Resource list from John Gay, DVM PhD DACVPM, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Field Disease Investigation Unit, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University.


National Animal Disease Center

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

The largest federal animal disease center in the United States. The center conducts research to solve animal health and food safety problems faced by livestock producers and the public. Virus and Prion Diseases of Livestock Research Unit.


Illustration of Prion Replication and Spread at the Cellular Level

Russell Kightley Media

Prions are implicated in BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy). These and similar diseases are known as TSEs (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies). TSEs afflict other species, most famously sheep (scrapie). The image is 600 pixels across and the original is 3,548 pixels across.