New Strain of Mad Cow?

According to Forbes, not only is it so, but it’s the strain that downed the two cows in Texas and Alabama:

Two cases of mad cow disease in Texas and Alabama seem to have resulted from a mysterious strain that could appear spontaneously in cattle, researchers say.

Government officials are trying to play down differences between the two U.S. cases and the mad cow epidemic that has led to the slaughter of thousands of cattle in Britain since the 1980s.

It is precisely these differences that are complicating efforts to understand the brain-wasting disorder, known medically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy…

Quick question…if this is a new strain of BSE, doesn’t that invalidate all of the tests conducted on our nation’s cattle over the past 2 1/2 years?

Just wondering.

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