“Mad cow disease,” or Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, has claimed the life of a Texas man, raising the total known number of people in the U.S. killed by the disease to four.
All four cases of mad cow in the U.S. are believed to have originated overseas. This latest American victim was a man who “traveled extensively” to Europe, where there have been 220 confirmed cases of mad cow.
While the Texas Department of State Health has announced that this is not a public health concern, it certainly should give people pause. Aside from possibly contracting mad cow, there are many other negative health risks associated with beef consumption.