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Mad Cow Disease Mad Cow disease is an often fatal illness of cattle affecting the nerves and brain, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Mad cow disease is a slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle. Since 1990, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has conducted insistent surveillance of the highest risk cattle being slaughtered in the United States. More than 30 countries have banned U.S. beef imports since BSE was detected in a slaughtered 6-year-old dairy cow in Washington State. Big overseas customers like Japan and South Korea no longer want U.S. steaks; ships at sea packed with meat bound for Asia are turning back. America's $4.3 billion beef-export business is pretty much dead meat, at least for now. "We still haven't felt the full shock of this because of the holidays," says James Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Lakewood, Colo. Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities Inc., a grain-and-livestock investment firm in West Des
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