So far as I can tell, there seem to be no recorded cases of "mad sheep" or "mad goat" disease (prion growth, you know what I mean...), but I wanna make doubly sure with everyone. Does anyone have any data on this, or are we to believe that goat and sheep prions do not continue growing inside human bodies? Thanks.
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on May 20, 2011
at 11:19 PM
Sheep and goats can catch as prion disease similar to mad cow disease. This is called Scrapie. It has been known since the 18th Century and effects sheep in Europe and North America.
An atypical form of scrapie has recently been identified due to the intensive testing now carried out link.
Scrapie has not been known to infect humans.
The scrapie prions are thought to be transmitted through the feces and/or saliva of the of the sheep and are ingested by the sheep eating the contaminated grass. There is also evidence that it can also be spread through the milk of infected ewes to their lambs.
It is theoretically possible for sheep to catch mad cow disease however this has not been found to occur in UK sheep link. Two cases of mad cow disease have been found in goats link. This is thought to be from being fed infected cattle products that should no longer happen.
on May 06, 2011
at 08:59 PM
I think these nervous tissue diseases come from the practice of feeding ground up nervous tissue to cows in their grain feed on these large industrialized cattle ranches. It's a practice that has been banned by the FDA, but obviously the fear is that it is still happening because FDA regulation enforcement is ... less than confidence-inspiring.
With goats or sheep, as long as you can be reasonably sure they aren't being turned into involuntary cannibals, I think you are pretty safe.