Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are related disorders. They belong to the family of diseases known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).
Officials from the Agriculture Ministry's Veterinary Service have come upon a possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow disease) in a cattle herd on a kibbutz in the Golan Heights. A 10-year-old cow in the kibbutz's herd contracted symptoms resembling rabies several days ago, and then died.
And two of these anti-prion compounds are drugs already used to treat other conditions in humans, meaning that clinical trials of them may soon be underway. The two drugs are trimipramine, an antidepressant, and fluphenazine, an antipsychotic.