Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (B.S.E.):
Mad Cow Disease


Federal Government

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Newsroom: BSE Information and Resources
This is the USDA bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) web site that has department press releases, videos and transcripts, a chronology of BSE, and additional background information.
FSIS - Food Safety and Inspection Service: BSE Resources
Includes latest news, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Risk Assessment results, BSE information and resources, and historical information.
FDA - U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Includes a general background of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) with FAQ's and FDA action plans, consumer information, Industry and Veterinarian information, Bovine-based vaccines, blood safety, and recent actions.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
There is also coverage from the CDC on the related disease in humans, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Each page contains an overview, facts, treatment, prevention, control measures, links to additional resources, and more.
MEDLINEplus
Very current information from the National Institutes of Health, MEDLINEplus covers Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and including news, general overviews, research, specific Conditions and aspects, organizations, statistics and many links.
NINDS - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The NINDS has a general Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies information page that covers many related diseases like BSE, CJD, Chronic-wasting Disease, and others.

National Organizations

BSEinfo.Org
Links to sites providing updates on BSE. This site is funded in part by America's Beef Producers through the Beef Checkoff Program.
United States Meat Export Federation
Current news about meat trade, including BSE issues whenever they are relevant.

Texas Government

Texas Department of State Health Services
Disease overview, plus information on Texas cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Last updated in June, 2011.
Texas Animal Health Commission
Links to TAHC press releases and other broader links.
Texas Parks and Wildlife CWD page
This page produced by Texas Parks and Wildlife contains information about "chronic wasting disease" in deer and elk and provides several links.

State Organizations

Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Links to current updates and BSE test results for Texas.

Foreign Governments

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Fact sheet on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, with links to BSE information
European Union: TSE/BSE Introduction
Information on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), inspections, impact on trade, and control.
United Kingdom - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Archive of the United Kingdom's main bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) site which includes links to the beef industry, eradication of BSE, publications, public health, science, and statistics. More current information may be found by searching DEFRA's main website.

International Organizations

World Health Organization
Includes information on contains the impact of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), surveillance and control, information dissemination and other resources.
World Organization for Animal Health
The World Organization for Animal health works to provide the safety of food of animal origin and to promote animal welfare through a science-based approach. Their BSE Portal has links to current news as well as historical statistics.

Research Databases

Science Direct (Accessible off-campus by WTAMU students, staff, and faculty only)
Science Direct has broad science coverage, with particular emphasis on life sciences, engineering, earth sciences and pharmacology. Over 1800 full-text journals. For this database you will need to search under both "bovine spongiform encephalopathy" and "mad cow" for more complete searching.
PubMed
Use PubMed to find articles about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), you can type in "Mad Cow Disease" and it will search under those terms and automatically search under BSE also.
AGRICOLA
Agriculture database providing citations for various topics in journals, books, theses, dissertations, etc. For this database you will need to search under both "bovine spongiform encephalopathy" and "mad cow" for more complete searching.