Talk:Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

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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)

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)

600 degrees Celsius ?[edit]

I don't think it is possible for any such complex organic matter to survive at 600 degrees Celsius! This is a glowing heat temperature.81.232.46.72 (talk) 00:04, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Do you have a question or a proposal to the article? The source is from the National Academy of Sciences. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC16254/ MartinezMD (talk) 02:08, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

That tidbit seems suggests that lowered temperatures as part of new regulations on cattle feed allowed the infectious agent to proliferate, implying that it wouldn't have survived higher temperatures. I believe this has already been shown to be false--the agent would have survived the temperatures used in the old feed processes anyway and it had showed up in the country fairly recently. I remember early news reports hypothesized this too, but we know that it's essentially a red herring. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:304:CF8F:CB70:F05E:715E:E079:1F6C (talk) 03:51, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

it have been in norway 2 times[edit]

once because of some kind of sheep disease making its way into the food eaten by the cows(sometimes during the 1990s i believe) and once recently but cause unknown. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.213.45.196 (talk) 23:40, 25 April 2015 (UTC)