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BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. The nature of the transmissible agent is not well understood. Currently, the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal protein known as prion protein. For reasons that are not yet understood, the normal prion protein changes into a pathogenic (harmful) form that then damages the central nervous system of cattle.

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Mad Cow Disease is a neurological disorder of cattle.

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New Case of BSE Detected in Canada

On February 12, 2015, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the confirmation of another bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a beef cow from Alberta born in March 2009.

See the CFIA notice. For more information about BSE in Canada, see the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.