November 19, 2008

Mad Cow Disease Is Not In Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services said on Wednesday that there has been no human case of mad cow disease in the Texas panhandle area in the past month, despite the rumors in Chicago markets of a woman patient.

During a variety of mad cow-related rumors, one of which was the woman being treated for the disease in an Amarillo hospital, cattle futures plummeted at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

"We do not have any confirmed cases of CJD or variant CJD in that area in the last month," a health department spokesman said referring to the Panhandle area of Texas.

Mad cow disease is fatal for cattle and is believed humans can contract a fatal variation of it by eating infected parts of animals with the disease.


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