Question: Is mad cow disease permanent?

There is no known treatment for the equivalent of mad cow disease in humans. The disease progressively gets worse and is eventually fatal after several years.

Can mad cow disease be cured?

There are currently no treatments for prion diseases, brain-wasting diseases that are invariably fatal. The most common human prion disease is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), better known as mad cow disease.

Has anyone ever recovered from mad cow disease?

A Belfast man who suffered variant CJD - the human form of mad cow disease - has died, 10 years after he first became ill. Jonathan Simms confounded doctors by becoming one of the worlds longest survivors of the brain disease.

How did the mad cow disease start?

Mad cow disease spread in British herds in the mid-1980s after they were fed the processed animal remains of sheep infected with scrapie, a closely related brain-wasting disease.

How did mad cow disease end?

Almost immediately after, farms were quarantined, beef was recalled, and new feeding and slaughter protocols for cows in the U.S. were put in place as the USDA scrambled to halt the spread of the disease.

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