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Medical News and Perspectives
February 4, 2004

What Now, Mad Cow?

JAMA. 2004;291(5):543-549. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.543

The recent discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow" disease) in an adult Holstein cow in Washington state has left many consumers wondering whether they should be concerned about the safety of beef and physicians pondering how to help their patients separate legitimate health risks from myths. While government officials and scientists agree that a certain level of caution should be taken, not all see eye-to-eye on what risks the public truly faces .

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