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From: TSS (wt-d6-140.wt.net)
Subject: State health officials are probing the deaths of four Ulster County residents who died in recent months of a rare brain disease CJD
Date: October 13, 2004 at 9:53 am PST

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Subject: State health officials are probing the deaths of four Ulster County residents who died in recent months of a rare brain disease CJD
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 11:48:44 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Rare Brain-Disease Deaths In Kingston Area Investigated

POSTED: 12:00 pm EDT October 13, 2004
UPDATED: 12:05 pm EDT October 13, 2004

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- State health officials are probing the deaths of four
Ulster County residents who died in recent months of a rare brain
disease. "It's a bit of a puzzle and we are trying to solve it now,"
state Department of Health spokesman William Van Slyke told the Daily
Freeman of Kingston. "But at this point, we don't see anything which
would cause a threat to public health." The four Kingston-area residents
had been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an invariably fatal
neurodegenerative condition characterized by rapidly progressive dementia.

The Centers for Disease Control said CJD, which is caused by abnormal
proteins that infect and destroy brain tissue, occurs annually in one
per every 1 million people. "This is a very unusual disease, and a very
unusual cluster," said Dr. Joel Mandelbaum, who treated three of the
Ulster County cases. Variants of CJD may be genetic or acquired through
tissue implants, contact with contaminated surgical instruments or the
administration of hormones contracted from contaminated human organs.
The most rare but well-known form of CJD is Mad Cow Disease, which is
contracted by eating the infected brain or spinal tissue of cattle. None
of the Ulster County cases have been identified as Mad Cow, and family
members of two of the local CJD victims told the newspaper their
relatives had never traveled to places where Mad Cow outbreaks occurred.
Dr. Marc Tack, a Kingston-based infectious disease specialist, said he
saw no evidence of a common cause for the local cases. Tack added that
considering the disease's incubation period, it was unlikely that
victims infected by a common source would die at such close intervals.

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http://www.wnbc.com/health/3805924/detail.html

State investigates rare brain-disease deaths in Ulster County

Newsday, NY - 34 minutes ago
... The most rare but well-known form of CJD is Mad Cow Disease, which
is contracted by eating the infected brain or spinal tissue of cattle.
...TSS
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--braindisease-prob1013oct13,0,878646.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

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