Animal HealthDiseasesBovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), widely referred to as “Mad Cow Disease,” is a chronic degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle. It is one in a family of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies. BSE was first diagnosed in Great Britain in 1986.

ReportBSE is a mandated reportable disease. Report any confirmed or suspected case to: MT State Veterinarian 406-444-2043 and MT USDA APHIS Veterinary Services 406-449-2220

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