I have a good friend who has had a close encounter with Mad Cow Disease. She found an article that helped her a lot in regards to understanding the problem and treatment options http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_doc_format/2002-No2-BeefChickenorFish.cfm
I hope this can come to use for many others. I know that it gave me a stronger grasp on the topic, and now I feel like I can better help.
Take Care- S