MAD COW DISEASE
By: Deborah Taylor
The plagues of Revelation are definitely falling upon
the world. I hope each of you will take the time to read and copy
this article for your files. A rancher in Washington has taken the
time to explain just how contagious the Foot and mouth disease is
and the ways that it travels. There is ABSOLUTELY
NO TREATMENT for it. Somebody that’s been on a farm can
carry that virus on their clothing for four
days. They can also carry the virus in their lungs
if they were close to an animal who had the disease. If they have a wad
of damp manure on their shoes,
the virus could live for two weeks.
The virus can be carried on the wind
and be spread through contaminated hay or
feed. It strikes cattle, pigs,
sheep, deer and other cloven-hoofed
animals. Afflicted animals develop blisters on their tongues,
gums, feet and teats. Cows with the disease can’t nurse their calves,
who then starve to death. The disease also causes spontaneous abortion
The US is now talking about vaccination. Doesn't that sound
wonderful? You say why not vaccinate U.S. herds? The
vaccine at times has the capability of causing the
disease or forming carriers. If an animal
that’s incubating [the disease], is vaccinated, it continue to be a
The mad cow disease is
even more devastating. The
animal form is believed spread through the use of bone meal parts in
cattle feed. The disease has an incubation
period of four to five years.
Animals that have been imported from
foreign countries five years ago are now under quarantine here in the
U.S. and are going to be destroyed. We must not be an ostrich and
put our heads in the ground. This plague has arrived in the U.S.
Foot-and-mouth alarms U.S. ranchers
LIKE THOUSANDS of other ranchers in the United States,
Mason now lives in fear of an outbreak of the disease, which would
destroy his livelihood.
The United States, which has not had a case of the
disease since 1929, produced about $75 billion worth of cattle, pigs,
sheep and dairy products last year. About 3 million Americans make their
living on farms and ranches. Millions more people working in the
restaurant, grocery, and
transportation industries would be affected by a foot-and-mouth
CARRIED ON THE WIND
“With today’s airplane traffic, foot-and-mouth disease is
a big threat,” Mason said.
At the meeting of his local cattlemen’s association on the
second Wednesday of each month, the disease is a prime
topic of conversation and Mason is the man ranchers turn to
for answers to their worried questions.
In a 23-year career as a vet for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Mason, 77, fought on the front lines of
foot-and-mouth outbreaks in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana,
Argentina, Brazil and the Philippines.
Foot-and-mouth outbreak strikes Ireland
He also spent five months battling the last
foot-and-mouth epidemic in Britain in 1967 and 1968.
“Somebody that’s been on a farm can carry that virus on
their clothing for four days,” he explained. “They can also
carry the virus in their lungs if they were close to an animal
who had the disease. If they have a wad of damp manure on
their shoes, the virus could live for two weeks.”
The virus can be carried on the wind and be spread
through contaminated hay or feed. It strikes cattle, pigs,
sheep, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals. Afflicted
animals develop blisters on their tongues, gums, feet and teats.
Cows with the disease can’t nurse their calves, who then
starve to death. The disease also causes spontaneous
abortion in cows.
In Great Britain, 400,000 animals have been destroyed
or are awaiting slaughter as authorities try to quell the
outbreak that began Feb. 19. The disease has spread to
France, Ireland and the Netherlands.
The U.S. government has banned all fresh beef and pork
imports from the 15-nation European Union and from
Argentina, where a foot-and-mouth outbreak was reported
earlier this month.
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota
wants to go even further, calling for a moratorium on all meat
imports in order to protect U.S. livestock from
foot-and-mouth and “mad cow” disease, which also has been
detected in Great Britain.
If the foot-and-mouth virus were to hit rural Kittitas
County in Washington state’s Yakima River valley, where
Mason lives, the result would be catastrophic.
Every year, Washington state ranchers and farmers
produce about $850 million worth of milk and $450 million
worth of cattle.
CURBS ON JAPANESE VISITORS
Mason has long taken steps to keep the virus off his
ranch. “I don’t let any visitors on the ranch that might have
had contact with any foreign animals,” he said, pointing out
that Japan, South Korea and several South American
countries have had foot-and-mouth outbreaks in recent years.
“We get buyers for timothy hay from Japan here
constantly every summer,” he added. “They use it to feed
racehorses and cows in Japan. We make them put on plastic
boots and, if they came from any of the provinces that had
foot-and-mouth in Japan, we wouldn’t allow them on the
Why not vaccinate U.S. herds? “The vaccine at times has
the capability of causing the disease or forming carriers,”
Mason said. “If you vaccinate an animal that’s incubating [the
disease], she’ll continue to be a spreader.”
At SeaTac International Airport, U.S. Department of
Agriculture port director Roger Holman and his staff of 12
inspectors form the first line of defense against the arrival of
About 800 travelers arrive at the airport every day from
Europe. As soon as they pass through the U.S. immigration
checkpoint, USDA inspectors interview them and check their
luggage to see if they are carrying any meat. If they find meat,
they confiscate and destroy it.
If travelers say they they have been on a farm in recent
weeks, their shoes are inspected. If dirt or manure is found,
the soles are drenched in a bleach solution.
The USDA officials also advise travelers who have
recently been on farms to avoid U.S. farms, zoos, wildlife
areas or stockyards for five days after entering the United
If the USDA’s airport line of defense were to fail, the
United States would face the prospect of the mass animal
killings European officials are now carrying out.
The USDA dispatched Mason to Britain in October
1967 to fight the disease there, so he can recall vividly how
the killings are carried out. “The outbreak spread very
rapidly,” Mason recalled. “It came in from Uruguay in meat.
We killed about 500,000 cattle, sheep and pigs.”
The animals were buried or burned. Images of the ghastly
pyres remain fresh in Mason’s mind. “I built one fire that was
over a half a mile long, 3,000 animals, sheep, cattle and pigs.
You put the cows down first, the sheep on top of them and
the pigs on top of them.”
Mad cow disease
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was first detected
in British cattle in 1986 and at least 180,000 cases have
discovered since in Britain with at least 1,500 cases
elsewhere in Europe. In 1996, scientists linked BSE to
variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), a fatal human form
of the degenerative condition that has claimed at least 87
lives in Britain, 3 in France and one in Ireland.
The animal form
is believed spread through the use of bone
meal parts in cattle feed. The
disease has an incubation
period of four to five years,
but ultimately is fatal for cattle
within weeks to months of its onset. Scientists have linked
the vCJD to the consumption of infected beef and the spread
of the disease has sparked a sharp drop in beef
consumption in Europe. Governments, scrambling to shore
up the beleaguered agriculture economy, have attempted to
reassure consumers by culling cattle herds and setting strict
standards for slaughter houses and meat-processing plants.
What is it?
Foot-and-mouth is a severe,
highly contagious viral disease
that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs,
sheep, goats and deer. The disease is characterized in
animals by fever and blister-like lesions on the tongue and
lips, in the mouth, on the teats, and between the claws. The
virus can kill young animals as it causes inflammation of the
heart muscle walls although many animals survive. But the
disease leaves them debilitated, causing severe losses in
the production of meat and milk. There
is no effective
treatment for the disease.
Because foot-and-mouth can spread widely and
because it has grave economic as well as physical
consequences, it is one of the animal diseases that
livestock owners dread most.
Does it affect people?
People can be infected through skin
wounds or through
handling diseased stock, the virus in the
laboratory, or by drinking infected
milk, but not by eating
meat from infected animals.
The human infection is
temporary and mild and is not considered a public health
What causes it?
Foot-and-mouth is caused by a very resilient
virus that can
survive in carcasses, animal
bedding, and pastures.
It can be spread by animals, people,
or materials that bring the virus into physical contact with
susceptible animals.Among the ways it can spread is
through people wearing contaminated
clothes or footwear
using contaminated equipment,
or when animals carrying
the virus are
introduced into susceptible herds.
How can it
The disease is very difficult to control. When there is an
outbreak, the area is quarantined, after which all infected or
susceptible animals are slaughtered and their carcasses
burned. Other contaminated objects are cleaned and
disinfected, and the farm or other quarantined area is left
uninhabited for several months.
However, the virus can spread quickly because the
incubation period can last for up to 21 days, meaning
farmers may unknowingly ship animals to markets, other
regions or slaughterhouses before it is detected.
Where is it?
The disease is widespread and various forms have been
identified in Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe. North
America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand and Chile
are considered virus free because governments have
conducted effective programs to prevent its introduction or to
The last outbreak was reported in the United
States in 1929,
Canada in 1952 and Mexico in 1954.
The world’s fourth-largest beef-producing nation on March 13
confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in a remote
part of Buenos Aires province, a popular cattle grazing area
in the Pampas region, some 250 miles northwest of Buenos
The largest beef exporter in the world banned meat imports
from Europe and Argentina and further tightened airport
quarantine controls on travelers from those regions.
Separately, they reported a sharp jump in demand for
kangaroo meat in Europe as consumers avoided traditional
meat sources because of fears about foot and mouth and
mad cow disease.
The current outbreak began in early February and was first
detected by veterinarians on Feb. 19 among pigs near an
abattoir in Brentwood, Essex County, northeast of London.
The virus forced the British government to order the slaughter
of tens of thousands of animals as well as to impose
draconian restrictions on activity in the countryside. Hiking
was banned and many sporting events canceled, while
farmers were unable to buy or sell livestock. More than 600
cases have since been detected in Britain and one case in
Northern Ireland. Government experts warn the current
epidemic is likely to be worst than the outbreak in 1967
when Britain was forced to cull around 500,000 sheep, pigs
Despite a ban on the import of livestock from Britain and
Northern Ireland, the government disclosed that the disease
was detected March 13 in a herd of sheep on a farm in the
northwestern Mayenne region. The confirmation sparked
fears that the disease could spread across mainland
Agriculture Minister Jean Glavany said that France
exposed to risk" of more foot-and-mouth cases because of
the 20,000 British sheep it imported in February that were
scattered in 80 farms around the country.
Despite draconian measures to prevent its spread from
Northern Ireland, the Dublin government on March 22
confirmed its first cases of the virus in County Louth, which
sits on the border with the British-ruled province. The
outbreak could prove a devastating blow to the country's
agriculture business, which accounts for 10 percent of Gross
The USDA expanded a ban on imports of livestock and fresh
meat to all 15 countries of the European Union on March 13.
The ban, which also applies to unpasteurized dairy products,
would have the biggest impact on imports of pork from the
Netherlands and Denmark. Imports of beef from the
European Union already were banned because of mad cow
The United States suspended all meat and animal
from Britain on Feb. 21 and ordered stepped-up checks of
travelers arriving from Europe. Airline passengers from
European nations face tough scrutiny at U.S. ports of entry
as sniffer dogs are employed to check for contraband meat
or dairy products. Visitors also are frequently required to
have their shoes disinfected if they appear soiled.
Canada took the same restrictive measures adopted
United States after foot-and-mouth was discovered in France
and Argentina on March 13.
Although the disease has only been detected in four
member states, all 15 countries have been affected by the
blockade imposed by 90 trading partners, which the EU
described as "excessive."
On March 21, the Dutch government said it had confirmed
the first cases of foot-and-mouth disease in four cows on a
farm near Olst, in the eastern part of the Netherlands,
making it the second country on the European continent to
detect the livestock ailment.
Not long ago, I received the following in an e-mail
from "Tambra." I thought it should be added
here. Anyone who cannot see that the judgments are already
upon us, is totally asleep.
as an interesting aside, something I wanted to share with you
that He revealed several weeks ago concerning the "signs of
the times" is found in Ezekiel 7:15. (This
is a chapter that IS dealing with our day. LGM)
15The sword is without,
and the pestilence
and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die
with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence
shall devour him.
of the word "plague" or "pestilence" is
found in Strongs 1698 and is DEBER - - from 1696 in the sense of
destroying 1) pestilence, plague and 2) murrain, cattle disease,
cattle plague. The use of the words "shall
devour" is Strongs 398 'akal and means to eat, devour, burn
up, feed ... to be wasted, destroyed of flesh - - also to eat,
devour, eat their pieces. I believe that this is referring
to what we are now seeing as the epidemic known as Mad Cow
disease. There shall be earthquakes in diverse places and
plagues . . . . Just thought I'd share that tidbit.
might add that there are FIVE MAJOR HUMAN diseases, two of which
are worse than AIDS, that have already killed MILLIONS of
PEOPLE!!! This is all besides the contaminated water
tables, and food chains. We are in a mess and do not
realize how serious the mess is.
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