How does the disease progress?
As the disease progresses, more and more prion proteins are caused to deform into the beta pleated sheet, or infectious, state. As the deformed proteins increase in number, the degeneration process increases exponentially, and leads to the appearance of microscopic ‘holes’ in the brain. It is these holes which lead to the ‘spongy’ degeneration of the brain and spinal cord.
- What is BSE?
- What causes BSE?
- How does the disease progress?
- What are the symptoms of BSE?
- Is there a test for BSE?
- When did the BSE outbreak occur?
- What was the epidemic caused by?
- How is the disease transmitted?
- Where did BSE originate?
- What has the Government done to reduce the risk of BSE?
- Can other animals suffer from BSE?
- Can humans suffer from BSE?