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From: TSS (
Subject: Doctors investigating for mad cow illness 49 YEAR OLD
Date: November 20, 2004 at 1:24 pm PST

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Subject: Doctors investigating for mad cow illness 49 YEAR OLD
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 15:34:53 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."

Doctors investigating for mad cow illness

INLAND: Officials say it's unlikely a man died from Creutzfeldt Jakob
disease in San Bernardino.

01:26 AM PST on Saturday, November 20, 2004

By MICHAEL FISHER / The Press-Enterprise

State and county health officials confirmed Friday that they have sent
brain tissue from a man who died last week in San Bernardino County to
an Ohio laboratory to determine if he succumbed to the human form of mad
cow disease.

However, Dr. Eric Frykman, San Bernardino County's health officer, and
officials with the state Department of Health said Friday that it was
unlikely the man, whom they declined to identify, died of the disorder,
called Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. The disease is a rare, degenerative,
fatal brain disorder that can occur spontaneously, most frequently in
people over 55.

"It is being investigated. Some specimens are being reviewed," Frykman
said. "My understanding from the epidemiology staff that talked to the
physician is we have no reason to believe that the person did have mad
cow, but it is something we are looking for."

About 20 to 25 people die annually in California from the disease,
according to state Department of Health spokeswoman Lea Brooks.

"I can tell you that this individual's tissues are being tested at the
National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center in Cleveland, (but)
it's unlikely," said Brooks, adding she was unsure how long it would
take to obtain the results. Dr. Pierluigi Gambetti, head of the National
Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, declined comment Friday,
citing patient confidentiality rules.

The dead man's neurologist, Ronald Bailey, also declined comment Friday,
saying that his patient's wife did not authorize him to speak about her
husband's death. A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Harvest
Christian Fellowship in Riverside, he said.

Church workers said a 10 a.m. memorial service is scheduled for Patrick
Hicks. Records indicate that Hicks, 49, lived in Riverside.

Relatives could not be reached for comment....TSS


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