Synopsis by Sarah Ing
England came under close scrutiny when a hair-raising new illness was discovered called mad cow disease. Nova meets with doctors and researchers as they strive to contain this possibly disastrous ailment. After killing almost a million cattle, mad cow disease jumped continents and began to appear in humans. With the incurable AIDS virus as a comparison, fears began to rise. Was this going to be another Ebola catastrophe? Nova: The Brain Eater is at the front lines as scientists unravel the consequences of a future outbreak. Meanwhile, understanding and containing the infectious disease takes top priority.