Navigation Links
Controversy over spread of Mad Cow disease from India

The cause of mad cow disease or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy [BSE], which has infected more than 2 million cattle causing an epidemic in United Kingdom has caused a controversy due to Researchers in United Kingdom //blaming imported animal feed containing infected animal or human carcasses as the cause of mad cow disease outbreak. A recent report published in Lancet reports that mad cow disease would have spread from India. UK Scientists believe that animal feed which is exported to United Kingdom, may be contaminated by dead bodies which would have washed ashore in India. Due, to Indian funeral ceremonies there are large number of human remains would have floated downriver and contaminated feed or due to use of contaminated bones for preparation of animal feed. The reasons for the spread of Mad cow disease as mentioned by Professor Alan Colchester of University of Kent may be due to result of cattle being fed by feed which may be contaminated by remains of sheep which would have died due to scrapie disease or would have contained remains of humans infected with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease [CJD], as tones of animal feed is imported from India each year. "In 10 years, more than a third of a million tones of material from these areas were imported into the UK."

Views of Professor Colchester, UK:

Professor Colchester and his daughter Nancy, of the University of Edinburgh, reports that more evidence for this is circumstantial and more work is needed. They feel as many human and animal corpses probably contaminated by CJD may have been disposed in Indian rivers as part of their cultural custom and these corpses would have washed ashore where bone collectors would have collected their bones for preparing animal feed. These locally prepared animal feed would have been exported to UK. Many countries are importing locally prepared animal feed which may be a potential infecting agent containing brain proteins infected with Scrapie, BSE and CJD and they can transform themselves into infectious agents. "Existing theories of the original causes of BSE, the bovine disease, we don't find convincing," Professor Colchester said. "We have identified the fact that a large amount of imported animal feeding material was brought into Britain during the period when BSE must first have occurred and the largest source coming to the UK was from the Indian subcontinent."

More than 150 people died during 1990’s due to infection of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and it is believed that the infection spread to these people after eating meat from infected cattle.

Importing animal feed containing contaminated animal and human bones have significant role in causing Mad cow disease outbreaks in cattle. The researchers say they doubt BSE resulted from scrapie because material infected with the disease has been fed to cattle for many decades without any sign of BSE arising.

Views of Professor Susaira Shankar, India:

Professor Susaria Shankar of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience [NIMHANS], Bangalore, in his commentary notes in a Journal has said though one case of Scrapie, occurred due to import of feed has been reported from the Himalayan Foothills. But still, "Scientists must proceed cautiously when hypothesising about a disease that has such wide geographic, cultural and religious implications," Professor Shankar says. "We agree that the idea proposed by the Colchesters needs to be probed further. Facts to support or refute their hypothesis now need to be gathered with urgency and great care."

World Health Organization Investigation:

Both the Indian and Britain scientists view should be investigated by WHO, before confirmation is reached regarding the cause of mad cow disease outbreak. Colchester said that the World Health Organization would be the best international body to coordinate further investigations.

Professor Shankar says there are many unanswered questions, regarding the outbreak of mad cow disease linking to India. For instance, no one has shown that human brain and spinal cord tissue from the river Ganges contains CJD. He says that if the outbreak occurred due to dead body contamination in the river banks, then there would have been a major epidemic in north India.
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Herbal Drug In Controversy
2. The Existing Controversy of Hormone Replacement Therapy
3. A Settlement Over Stem Cell Controversy Through Scientific Research
4. French Fries In Cancer Controversy In China
5. Controversy Surrounding The HIV Positive Reports Of One-Year Girl In Kerala
6. Controversy: Malaria Vaccine - Future Possibility Or Just A Dream?
7. The Looming Controversy Surrounding Facial Transplant
8. Controversy over Healthy diet may lead to less red meat in diet
9. Controversy over Copeman Healthcare fee
10. The Publication Of Surgeon Specific Death Rates Raises Controversy
11. Controversy over Fees Structure in Private Medical Colleges
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... process to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces ... 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in the ... facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab participated ... Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Milford, NJ (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... weekend at scenic Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by ... and physical activity. The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the ... save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest growing franchisors and ... flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, in January of ... Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it to serve both ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... NEW YORK , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis , ... supply chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global CSR ... than 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed ... ... & Performance Index ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 12, 2017  ValGenesis Inc., the global leader ... pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. ... Board of Directors and Chairman of Advisory Board ... science companies to manage their entire validation lifecycle ... in this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis VLMS enables rigorous ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... 8, 2017 Dealmed Medical Supplies, ... medical equipment, supplies, drugs, vaccines, and specialty medical products ... an agreement to acquire Vantage Medical Supplies, a major ... Holtsville, New York . ... and emerging medical practices, will operate under the Dealmed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: