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Subject: Blood donor diagnosed with mad cow disease
Date: October 21, 2004 at 11:22 am PST

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Subject: Blood donor diagnosed with mad cow disease
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:30:54 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Blood donor diagnosed with mad cow disease

October 21 2004 at 08:05PM

Paris - A person who donated blood several times over the past 10 years
has been diagnosed as the eighth case of the human form of mad cow
disease in France since the invariably fatal illness was declared a
public health risk in 1996, officials said.

The person, was not identified publicly, was discovered to have variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), which causes personality change, loss
of body function, brain deterioration and eventually death, officials
from the health ministry said.

Since 1996, public health authorities have warned that people may catch
vCJD from eating meat infected with mad cow disease, also known as
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or from infected blood transfusions.

The first signs of mad cow disease emerged in Britain 10 years earlier,
in 1986, but the government there denied there was any danger until the
evidence became impossible to ignore. The likely vector of contamination
for livestock was brain and nerve tissue mixed in animal feed.

An EU ban on British beef and widespread cattle culls followed the 1996
alert, but by then the disease had spread to other countries.

About 141 people are known to have died of vCJD in Britain.

EU embargoes on British beef from animals aged over 30 months could be
lifted from next year after a 95 percent fall in the number of cases of
mad cow disease recorded in Britain over the past three and a half
years, according to a European Commission report released on Monday.


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