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).
A BSE-case in the Netherlands was confirmed. It is the first confirmed case of BSE in the Netherlands. The dairy farmer (living in the village of Wilp in the province of Gelderland) consulted his veterinarian in the second week of March because the cow exhibited distressed behavior. The veterinarian suspected BSE.