Re: Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California Dairy Cow, USDA Says
The disease could be spontaneously generated, so that one of the proteins mutated and caused it, so there may not be others like that right now. On the other hand, we don't know if there are other spontaneous cases that could have occurred over the years because we don't test every cow.
Originally Posted by PeteEU
There is spontaneous CJD in humans at about a rate of 1 per 1 million. I'm not sure, but I suspect some of those spontaneous CJD might have been new variant CJD.
Last edited by Opteron; 04-25-12 at 11:56 PM.