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From: TSS (216-119-143-96.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Reports Confirm Ireland's First Case of Human Form of Mad Cow Disease
Date: December 15, 2004 at 12:19 pm PST

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Subject: Reports Confirm Ireland's First Case of Human Form of Mad Cow Disease
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 08:37:39 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
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Reports Confirm Ireland's First Case of Human Form of Mad Cow Disease


Contributed by Jai A. Dennison | 11 November, 2004 13:01 GMT

Biopsy results confirm a young Dublin man has contracted the human form
of mad cow disease.
Biopsy results confirm a young Dublin man has contracted the human form
of mad cow disease.

Ireland's first case of the human form of mad cow disease, or variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), has been confirmed by a Dublin
hospital, according to press reports. vCJD is a fatal brain-wasting
illness usually contracted by eating contaminated beef.

The victim of the disease is a man in his early 20's. In order to
protect the privacy of the patient and his family, his identity has not
been revealed, and the hospital requested that it not be named in press
reports.

Necessary Precautions Taken

Test results apparently have all but ruled out any other possible
diagnosis of the young man's condition. "All of the necessary
precautions are being taken and the relevant authorities have been
updated," the hospital said in a statement. "In the public interest, the
hospital reiterates 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."

There was one earlier case of vCJD in Ireland, but the young woman who
was afflicted had spent much of her time in Britain, where most of the
European deaths from the disease have occurred.

Difficult Situation

Ireland's Health Minister, Mary Harney, issued the following statement:

"I have learned with deep regret that the diagnosis of a young male
patient in a Dublin hospital confirms that he is suffering from variant
CJD.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the patient himself, his family and
friends who are attempting to cope with this difficult situation.

"Once again, I would appeal to the media to continue to respect the
privacy of the patient and his family at this time, and to thank them
for their co-operation in this regard to date."

Controls Rigorous

Irish premier Bertie Ahern expressed confidence in the country's
controls on beef production.

“Ireland’s controls to eradicate BSE are deemed to be optimum and stable
from 1998 onwards,” he said in a statement.

“We will continue to take all necessary precautions. Both the CJD
advisory group and Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have
indicated there should not be public concern for the safety of Irish beef.”

http://health.dailynewscentral.net/content/view/128/58/

TSS


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