How contagious is BSE?

Published 26.01.2015     Modified 25.02.2015

BSE is transmitted through animal feed. Thus transmission does not occur through direct contact from animal to animal. There is also no risk of infection to humans through contact with animals. As well, there is no risk these days of becoming infected through products.

At the beginning of the outbreak in England in the 90’s, there were rare cases where people became infected through products that were contaminated with residues from brain and other nervous tissue from infected cattle.

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