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Subject: Woman: Husband may have mad cow from blood 'if confirmed, would be the third incident'
Date: September 4, 2004 at 8:54 am PST

Woman: Husband may have mad cow from blood

Published 9/3/2004 8:10 PM

NEWCASTLE, England, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A U.K. woman Friday told United Press International her husband might have contracted the human form of mad cow disease via infected blood products.

The case, if confirmed, would be the third incident of a person contracting variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, a fatal brain illness linked to mad cow disease, from blood. Two other cases involving blood transfusions were reported in December and August, both in the United Kingdom.

Carol Longstaff of Newcastle, England, said her husband Peter Longstaff, 43, is a hemophiliac who was informed by the government in 2001 he had been exposed on 12 occasions in 1996 and 1997 to blood products derived from one or more donors who later developed vCJD.

Carol Longstaff, who is a nurse, told UPI she thinks Peter might have vCJD because he has been displaying symptoms consistent with the illness, including trouble keeping his balance, confusion, temporary losses of speech and depression.
"I'm very concerned ... about certain changes I've noticed" over the past six to seven months, she said.
The only way to conclusively confirm a case of vCJD is via an autopsy after death. Peter Longstaff has not been examined by a neurologist or other specialist who might be able to offer a preliminary diagnosis.
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