Talk:Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

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Role of glia[edit]

The author of this book claimed on the radio that glia are involved in BSE. If so, it would be interesting to have more information about that in the article. -- Beland (talk) 23:53, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Overcoverage[edit]

It displays a bias towards USA in the article, due to the specific section for USA, where no sections for any other country exists.

I'm not sure this section is unwarranted. The US has a huge beef industry which was strongly affected by BSE even though the country experienced few cases. The remainder of the article concentrates on the situation in Europe, particularly the UK, where cattle feeds have historically been different. Are there other non-European countries which should be covered? If so, which? Espresso Addict (talk) 07:22, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

"Autopsy" in Epidemiology[edit]

In the second paragraph under Epidemiology it states that, "Even so, currently the only reliable test is examination of tissues during an autopsy." Autopsy refers to studying the dead of ourselves, I believe what is intended here is a necropsy, which is the study of an animal after death. This paragraph is discussing tests for detecting BSE in cattle and so I believe they mean to say the study of cattle after death.TravisAndEmma (talk) 03:09, 26 February 2013 (UTC)TravisAndEmma

I made the change for you, but be bold. You could have done it too. MartinezMD (talk) 03:33, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Table of incidents per country[edit]

Woah! Hundreds of thousands of infections of BSE in the UK in one year? Wait, is this for 2012 or 2011? Wait, is it for one year or for all time?

This is an important distinction. The table does not make it clear if the information is for all time or for a specific time period. Some of the references may do, but perhaps not all the references use the same time period.

Two things need to be done. Firstly, the table needs a title (Presumably "Infections Per Country Ever", unless the UK really does have hundreds of thousands of infections per year. if it did I'd hope the BBC would tell us.) Secondly, the references need to be checked to see if they all concur. If the reference for France is a count for all time, but the reference for Germany is only a count for 2003 then the numbers are of little use. Finally, if the reference for Spain is actually twenty different studies for the years 1992-2012 and the numbers are added together for the table then this is unnacceptable under Wikipedia rules for Original Research.

Now I may be an IP user kicking up a fuss over nothing, or I may be a secret shopper testing the signed-in folk on their dedication to quality. 86.183.51.125 (talk) 20:56, 26 May 2013 (UTC)