177 people died eating infected beef and over four million cattle were slaughtered to contain the outbreak.
Government track record - a case study
A paper, in the International Journal of Epidemiology describes the origins, in the UK, of BSE concludes
🔗 Source: Have lessons been learned from the UK bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic?
History is full of examples of public health, commerce and politics in conflict. In recent years attempts to protect UK egg producers, after the discovery of Salmonella enteritidis (phage type 4) in hens' eggs, strained previously good working relationships between medical and veterinary epidemiologists and ended the political career of a government minister who spoke out in defence of the public health. Against the background lessons of earlier high profile public health problems in the UK conflict should have been avoided when bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) started. It might have been expected that its significance for human health could have been recognized and researched earlier. Public announcements about it could have been timely and clear. Unfortunately this was not the case and it looks as though similar mistakes are going to be repeated over genetically modified foods.