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Diseases affecting animals

anthrax

noun

a very serious illness affecting cows and sheep and sometimes people. Anthrax is sometimes used in biological warfare.

BSE

noun

bovine spongiform encephalopathy: a serious disease in cows that affects the nervous system and causes death. Meat from cows that have BSE is believed to cause CJD in humans.

canker

noun

a disease that causes painful infected areas in the ears of cats and dogs

distemper

noun

a serious infectious disease that affects animals, especially dogs

foot-and-mouth disease

noun

a very infectious disease of sheep, cows, and pigs

mange

noun

a disease affecting animals in which their skin becomes itchy and they start to lose fur

mastitis

noun

a similar illness affecting an animal’s udder

myxomatosis

noun

a serious disease that kills rabbits and that was introduced artificially in the past to keep the number of wild rabbits low

rabies

noun

a very serious disease that makes an animal or a human feel crazy. Humans get it only if they are bitten by an animal with rabies.

scrapie

noun

a serious disease affecting sheep and goats that causes them to lose muscle control

Weil’s disease

noun

a disease affecting animals and sometimes humans, caused by bacteria that are passed through the urine of an infected animal

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

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