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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."

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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
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