Along with veterinarians, Oregon's livestock producers, livestock market owners, and feedlot operators are the front line defense for spotting and reporting possible signs of disease.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a progressive neurologic disease of cows. A case was diagnosed in May 2023 in a five-year-old or older beef cow at a slaughter plant in South Carolina. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or to human health in the United States.
A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed from animals to humans. It is important to remember that the best way to protect yourself from these zoonotic diseases is to practice good hygiene after handling your bird or its waste. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water.