Curtain falls on mad cow disease

BSE nearly extinct in cattle, though human cases may rise again

source: New Scientist vol 209 no 2797,
January 29 2011 starts p6, 2 pages long

BSE appears to be nearly extinct in cattle, though numbers of human cases may rise again. There were only 17 cases of the disease reported in cattle worldwide in 2010, whereas in 1992, there were 37,280 cases in the UK, where the disease began. Most humans affected have been relatively young. There are fears that some people may be incubating the disease, showing symptoms later in life, though human cases have fallen, and legislation now bans feeding ruminants to each other.