BSE and Scrapie

C:NETGOSPOOLMAIL hjrose at mast.demon.co.uk
Mon Dec 11 18:35:28 EST 1995

I have a question about BSE that perhaps someone could answer. The 
theory is that the scrapie agent has somehow mutated and changed into a 
form that infects cattle and other mammals, such as cats. Cattle 
infected with the BSE agent can start to show symptoms within a couple 
of years. Why then is it that the same mutated scrapie agent is not 
expected to cause symptoms in humans for 20-30 years ?

Howard Rose

hjrose at mastgrp.com

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