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University of Iowa News Release

May 26, 2004

UI To Host Program On Mad Cow Disease June 9 In Calmar

In December 2003, the first confirmed U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow" disease) was found in a Holstein cow from Washington state. To help explain this disease and the potential threat it poses to humans, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association and Northeast Iowa Community College are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "What Now, Mad Cow? Human Health, Public Policy, and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy."

The free program will be Wednesday, June 9 at the Dairy Center, Northeast Iowa Community College, 1625 Highway 150 South, in Calmar, Iowa. A reception and registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 to 8:30 p.m. program and discussion.

In this presentation, James Torner, Ph.D., UI professor and head of epidemiology, will discuss the history, epidemiology and pathology of BSE and how its new variants are affecting the human race. Continuing education credit for attending the program is available for selected health professions.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Brooke Norris at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome.

The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs can be found at

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835,; Program: Brooke Norris, 319-384-5485; Writer: Debra Venzke