Mad cow disease is one of the most dangerous diseases out there. This disease doesn't occur in humans. Instead, people can contract a human-form of the disease. It's known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or CJD, and it's equally fatal. You can get this disease if you happen to consume any nerve tissue of infected cattle. These tissues include the brain and the spinal cord, as these are the parts targeted by mad cow disease. As time goes by, the disease will also start destroying your brain and your spinal cord.
There have been many studies about mad cow disease. However, there isn't any proof that you can get this disease from eating different parts of cattle. That is unless you consume the spinal cord and brain. Also, you won't get it by drinking milk or consuming milk-products from cattle. The human-form disease cannot spread merely through casual contact. However, exchange of fluids such as blood may infect other people. Until now, experts still aren't sure what causes this disease. The theory states that the disease comes from prions, which are infectious proteins. Cows infected with this disease have prions in their bodies. It's in their brains, their spinal cords, and even in their small intestines. But there is no proof that this protein also occurs in other muscle meat.
People affected by mad cow disease may start feeling unusual sensations. These include prickling or tingling feelings in the face, hands, legs, and feet. As the disease progresses, the sensations on these body parts may even transform. They turn into a burning sensation. These unusually but persistent sensations may not even stay in those few body parts. If left unchecked, you might start feeling pins and needles in different parts of your body. Either that or your body parts may start feeling numb because of the disease.
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