Dean Duxbury

Two deadly animal diseases have become hot news items—bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and avian influenza. This article will discuss the diseases and how they are tested for.USDA scientists review results of a rapid immunoassay for sensitive detection of BSE.

BSE Timeline
The nickname of “mad cow disease” for the cattle disease BSE tends to spread a fear of its being communicable to consumers worldwide. However, according to information provided by Suzan Holl, Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “B…

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