CO Health Dept. Chief MD
Warns Mad Cow In Blood
Animals With Neurologic Disease Shouldn't Be Eaten

By Richard L. Vogt, MD
Regarding recent articles on mad cow disease, this is a serious public health situation that needs immediate attention by regulatory officials.
Reports state that the meat from the suspect infected animal proceeded to enter the human food chain, but the nervous-system tissue did not. Since the infectious agents of mad cow disease - also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - are not only isolated in the nervous tissue of animals but also in lymphatic tissue that occurs throughout the body of all animals, it would be prudent to enact an emergency rule to refrain from sending to market all meat from animals that have neurologic disease.
The U.S. Senate passed such a ban, but the legislation was previously hung up in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is now time to immediately revisit this issue in the interest of public health.
Richard L. Vogt, MD Executive Director Tri-County Health Department Greenwood Village


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