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From: TSS (216-119-144-87.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Governor Perry designates November 8-12 2004 CJD Awareness Week
Date: November 20, 2004 at 6:31 pm PST

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Subject: Governor Perry designates November 8-12 CJD Awareness Week
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 20:28:46 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Governor Perry designates November 8-12 CJD Awareness Week

STATE OF TEXAS

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare degenerative brain disorder, characterized by rapidly progressive dementia. According to information available from the National Institutes of Health, the leading scientific theory is that CJD and other related degenerative brain disorders are
caused by an abnormality in a type ot protein called a prion.

Most cases of the disease are sporadic CJD and develop in individuals without any known risk factors, the disease can also be hereditary or, in less than 1 percent known cases,
acquired by exposure to infected brain or nervous system tissue. There is no evidence that CJD can be acquired through casual contact with an individual who has CJD.

Though difficult to diagnose, individuals with CJD may experience a range of neurological problems including poor muscle coordination, personality changes, mental
impairment and visual disturbances. As the illness progresses, the symptoms become more pronounced, leading to advanced mental deterioration. Affecting mostly older adults, the onset of symptoms usually occurs at about age 60.

Although there is no cure for CJD, health care professionals are able to address some of the complications of the disease through drug treatments and other therapeutic methods that may alleviate symptoms and make sure that the patient remains as comfortable as possible.

The week of November 8-12 is designated for an educational campaign to promote public awareness of CJD, especially emphasizing the importance of early recognition of symptoms,
while also highlighting the need for further research.

At this time, therefore, I encourage all Texans to support those affected by CJD and the many individuals who are working to improve diagnosis and patient care. Together, we
can continue to make a difference for the future.

Therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim November 8-12, 2004,

CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE AWARENESS WEEK

in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.

In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 8th day of November, 2004.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas
(Official Seal of The State of Texas)

TSS

P.S.

A special thanks to Kay Foster for her efforts to take
the time to write the Governor and ask him to do this.
She only got the proclamation today in the mail, or we
could have started an awareness campaign. She wrote the
letter just a few weeks ago. Next year maybe the State
can fund some sort of awareness campaign effort to all
the doctors and hospitals about all CJD/TSEs and the
risk thereof, issue the new announcement from
Collinge/Asante et al and others about sporadic CJD
and the fact it IS tied molecularly to other TSEs in
cattle and sheep and deer, and have the National/Texas
cattlemans Association fund it...TSS

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