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From: TSS ()
Subject: another cjd cluster, another 'fluke', another mad cow cjd cover up in the USA
Date: August 16, 2005 at 6:23 am PST

Brain-disease deaths investigated
Idaho seeks link in 5 rare cases
By Adam Tanner, Reuters | August 16, 2005

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- In late May, Marjorie Skinner played golf well enough to place fourth in a Memorial Day weekend tournament. Yet within weeks, the previously vibrant retiree started losing her ability to speak.

By the time her family buried her Friday, she was the fifth suspected victim in the same sparsely populated area of Idaho of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare brain-wasting disease that typically afflicts only one in a million people.

As word of the latest death spread yesterday, local and federal health specialists sifted through clues about an illness different from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease.

''Five [cases] in one valley is pretty serious," said Sue Skinner, Marjorie's daughter-in-law. ''It's a grave concern in our family."

The mystery has deepened in recent weeks. At the end of May, another elderly woman died of the incurable disease involving a malformed protein, or prion, that kills brain cells. After that, health officials learned of three other suspected cases, including one CJD death in February that was reported only last month.

''Is what is happening in Idaho an anomaly, a statistical fluke? That is possible," said Ermias Belay, a top CJD expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta who is helping advise officials in Idaho. ''But once it exceeds 1.5 or 2 per million, you start asking questions."

''If they are all confirmed, it could be odd," he said.

In a year, the United States typically has fewer than 300 CJD cases, which mete out rapid death to the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In Twin Falls, Cheryle Becker, epidemiology manager for Idaho's South Central District Health, is going to families with detailed questionnaires aimed at finding the roots of a disease that could date back 30 years.

She asks about past travels, unusual hobbies, and dietary habits, including eating organ meats, brain, and venison.

''We're asking them if they've consumed elk," Becker said, adding that many people hunt venison in Idaho. ''We're not having many people say that they have."

Specialists said they do not expect to find a link to eating meat, although locals are asking whether there is any connection to the human variant of mad cow disease. ''It's very frightening to the community," said Cheryl Juntunen, director of the South Central District Health.

Two confirmed US cases of mad cow disease, one in a Washington state dairy animal in 2003 and the other in a Texas beef cow this year, have further heightened concern.

Health specialists have found few parallels among the women, all of European heritage. Four were Idaho natives, all had children, and none had experienced neurological disease.

One had spent time in Britain before the outbreak of mad cow disease there, officials said. Several husbands were involved in farming, as is commonplace in a rural farmland region.

''There are things that lead you to believe this is not variant CJD," Becker said.

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.

ERMIAS is at it again. just another fluke. 5 possible 6 cases cjd in one state in one year, with a population of 1.4 million, and it's just another fluke. r i g h t , just like those mad cows they tried but failed to cover up in Texas were. just like the other cow that was suspect but they forgot about that too and left lie up on a shelf in preservative as to stop all possible WB testing for confirmation. let the spin begin, all cjd clusters in the USA are a fluke. a fluke of lies, cover-up and deciet. ...

including the death of maybe YOUR MOTHER, FATHER,
BROTHER, SISTER, AUNT, UNCLE or maybe just a friend...

Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 23:27:10 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: confidential
To: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."

Okay, you need to know. You don't need to pass it on
as nothing will come of it and there is not a damned
thing anyone can do about it. Don't even hint at it
as it will be denied and laughed at..........
USDA is gonna do as little as possible until there is
actually a human case in the USA of the
nvcjd........if you want to move this thing along and
shake the earth....then we gotta get the victims
families to make sure whoever is doing the autopsy is
credible, trustworthy, and a saint with the courage of
Joan of Arc........I am not kidding!!!!
so, unless we get a human death from EXACTLY the same
form with EXACTLY the same histopath lesions as seen
in the UK nvcjd........forget any is
ALL gonna be sporadic!!!

And, if there is a case.......there is gonna be every
effort to link it to international travel,
international food, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. They
will go so far as to find out if a sex partner had
ever traveled to the UK/europe, etc. etc. ....
It is gonna be a long, lonely, dangerous twisted
journey to the truth. They have all the cards, all
the money, and are willing to threaten and carry out
those threats....and this may be their biggest


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