US takes precautions against BSEBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7279.128/c (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:128
- Fred Charatan
Health officials in the United States have been taking stringent precautions to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Imports of beef and bovine products are banned, and no one who has lived in the United Kingdom since the late 1980s, when the BSE epidemic first became known, is allowed to donate blood.
So far, no cases of BSE have been identified in US cattle, although the related diseases of scrapie in sheep and chronic wasting disease in elk and deer have been spreading. It is not known whether eating infected sheep, deer, or elk causes any …