How is the disease transmitted?
The fact that BSE is transmissible between individuals means that it is part of a group of diseases which come under the acronym TSE (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy). BSE can be transmitted to healthy animals if they come into contact with the infected tissues of diseased animals.
Can BSE be transmitted through the milk of an infected cow?
There has never been a known case of prions (the infectious agent of BSE) transmitting BSE through milk. It must also be noted, that if this were a possible route of transmission we would expect to see the calves of infected cows becoming symptomatic, which is not the case.
- 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?