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|Author(s) :||C. I. Lasmézas & D. Adams|
There has been a deluge of reports, reviews and original scientific papers on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and prions since BSE was first described in cattle in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1987. All have been valuable because they recorded concrete advances in science, collated current knowledge in a form applicable to rational action, or contributed to the vigour of discussion that has energised the response throughout the world. However, clear gaps remain. One is related to the indirect impacts of diseases like BSE and other TSEs on world trade: impacts that have necessitated the application of risk analysis. Another is the surprising dearth of papers on the implications of BSE and other TSEs for ruminant production systems wherever and however they operate.