Date: 2001-04-27 07:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list]RE: Mad cow disease
There are actually 7 diseases which are classified as
sponigiform encephalopathies. Scrapie in sheep and goats,
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or "Mad Cow Disease") in
cattle, transmissible mink encephalopathy (TME), chronic wasting
(CWD) in elk and deer, kuru, familial insomnia, and
(CJD) in humans.
Scrapie, TME, CWD, and CJD have all been reported here in the US.
Plus TME has been shown to be infectious to ferrets in an
setting. Most of the pet foods use chicken and/or fish as the
so mad cow disease should not be a problem. Plus mad cow disease has
not been reported here in the US.
Hope that clears things up,
Jerry Murray, DVM