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2012-07-09 10:20:54

New pathway for infection reported in the American Journal of Pathology Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow disease") is a fatal disease in cattle that causes portions of the brain to turn sponge-like. This transmissible disease is caused by the propagation of a misfolded form of protein known as a prion, rather than by a bacterium or virus. The average time from infection to signs of illness is about 60 months. Little is known about the pathogenesis of BSE in the early...

2006-07-26 11:35:00

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government virtually eliminated the threat of mad cow disease to consumers by requiring the removal of brains, spinal cords and other high risk items from older cattle, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis said on Tuesday. Two consumer groups applauded the progress but said the Agriculture Department was unwilling to take the more stringent steps suggested by an international advisory panel, such as banning high-risk materials from cattle...

2006-05-14 19:50:36

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has confirmed its 26th case of mad cow disease, this time in a 68-month-old Holstein dairy cow on the northern island of Hokkaido. The Ministry of Agriculture said that experts had concluded that the cow had tested positive for the brain-wasting disease officially known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which was first discovered in Japan in 2001. The meat and intestines from the slaughtered cow will be destroyed and will not enter the market, the...

2006-02-02 19:34:21

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. beef is free of materials that could spread mad cow disease, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said on Thursday, but an independent report questioned whether the assurance was iron clad. The Agriculture Department inspector general's office said a spot check of slaughterhouses found no instances of banned cattle parts entering the food supply. But the inspector general's report also questioned whether the program that tested cattle for...

2006-01-25 04:15:00

By Aya Takada TOKYO -- Japan looks unlikely to soon lift a ban on U.S. beef reimposed after just one month following the discovery in a shipment from New York of animal parts that experts consider to be most at risk of spreading mad cow disease. A U.S. delegation led by Agriculture Undersecretary J.B. Penn discussed the ban with Japanese authorities in Tokyo on Tuesday and Wednesday but failed to allay concerns about the reliability of the U.S. food safety system, Japanese officials said....

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.