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Activity 2: Risk of Mad Cow Disease

What is the risk of contracting mad cow disease? Should you be worried? The students’ assignment is to figure out these statistics, and do a comparative analysis. Are they surprised by the results? Why might mad cow seem more dangerous than many more common threats, even though the risk of infection with a prion disease may be extremely low? A helpful starting point may be the following website from Mayo Clinic:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infectious-disease/ID00003