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Mad cow disease, also called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), is a fatal disease that slowly destroys the brain and spinal cord in cattle. People cannot get mad cow disease. However, in rare cases they can get a human form of mad cow disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), which is also fatal.
For more information on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, see HealthLinkBC File #55a Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and HealthLinkBC File #55b Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).