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From: TSS (216-119-144-36.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Man's Sister and Wife Die of CJD Disease
Date: October 1, 2004 at 2:11 pm PST

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Subject: Man's Sister and Wife Die of CJD Disease
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 15:13:29 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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4:41pm (UK)
Man's Sister and Wife Die of CJD Disease

By Helen Morgan, PA News

A man today described the deaths of his wife and sister from
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) as a horrific coincidence.

Barry Harpers wife Phyllis, from Walham Green, Sandhurst,
Gloucestershire, died last month after battling with the sporadic form
of the brain disease for nine months.

His sister Nancy Womack died two years ago after contracting the same
form of the disease. Both women were 67 when they died. They were both
treated at the same ward in the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Mrs Harpers walking was first affected before her memory started to go.
Her husband said latterly she got very angry and violent due to her
frustration at the disease.

Mr Harper, a retired fitter who is 70, said: I feel terrible. I cant
believe it. I feel completely in the dark and have no idea whatsoever
why they died.

He said he is depressed by what has happened and is having trouble sleeping.

CJD Support Network co-ordinator Gill Turner said there was one in a
million cases of this form of the disease.

She said every case of the disease is looked at by the CJD incident
panel and believed the findings of these deaths would be very interesting.

The likelihood of such close non-blood relatives getting CJD would be
very unusual, she added.

The very word sporadic means random.

According to the CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh, 993 people have
died of all forms of CJD in Britain between 1990 and 2004.

Some 740 of those deaths were attributed to sporadic CJD, the most
common form of the disease.

ends

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3572329

TSS

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