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From: TSS (216-119-144-88.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Probable case of indigenous vCJD diagnosed in Ireland
Date: November 11, 2004 at 8:48 am PST

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Subject: Probable case of indigenous vCJD diagnosed in Ireland
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 10:46:30 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Probable case of indigenous vCJD diagnosed in Ireland

Editorial team (eurosurveillance.weekly@hpa.org.uk
), Eurosurveillance Editorial
Office

A patient in Ireland has recently been diagnosed with probable variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) [1].

Results of tests on the young male patient, which included tests on a
tonsillar biopsy, have confirmed that this is a probable case of vCJD.
The hospital has stated that the patient never received a blood
transfusion or made a blood donation, and that the cause of infection is
not linked to an operation. The current patient has not lived abroad,
and this is therefore Irelands first indigenous case [2].

There has been one other vCJD case in Ireland in the past. However, that
patient had lived in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, the time when the
population was exposed to bovine spongiform encephalopathy in meat
products [3].

Ireland has the second highest rate of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE) in cattle in the world. In 2003, an expert team at the Irish
National CJD Surveillance Unit (http://www.eurocjd.ed.ac.uk/IRELAND.htm)
modelled the possible risk to the Irish population based on relative
exposure to BSE contaminated meat and infectivity of bovine tissue [4].
Their analysis indicated that one case of vCJD would be expected in the
future.

Measures to reduce the risk of exposure to the vCJD causative agent via
consumption of infected bovine tissue were applied in farming and meat
processing in 1996 and via blood donation since 1999 (Irish Blood
Transfusion Service,
http://www.ibts.ie/generic.cfm?mID=7&sID=106&ssID=21
).

References:

1. Setanta Communications Ltd (Ireland). Press release, 9 November 2004
2. Oireachtas. Dáil Debate  Leaders Questions. 10 November 2004.
(http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate.aspx?F=DAL20041110.xml&Page=1&Ex=10#N10
)

3. Birchard K. Variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease found in Ireland.
Lancet 1999; 353: 2221.
4. Harney MS, Ghani AC, Donnelly CA, McConn Walsh R, Walsh M, et al.
vCJD risk in the Republic of Ireland. BMC Infect Dis 2003; 3:28.
(http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/3/28s
)

http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ew/2004/041111.asp

TSS

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