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BSE has been linked to a fatal brain disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), which is transmitted by eating contaminated meat.
A case of mad cow disease has been discovered on a farm in Aberdeen, the Scottish government has confirmed.
The incidence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), as the disease is officially known, was identified "as a result of strict control measures we have in place," according to a spokesman for the authorities in Edinburgh.
It has been described as an "isolated case" and did not enter the human food chain, meaning there is no risk to human health, a spokesman for Food Standards Scotland said.
BSE attacks a cow's central nervous system and is usually fatal. Before that, the animal becomes aggressive and loses its coordination, which is why the illness has been dubbed "mad cow disease."
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