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From: TSS (216-119-143-133.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: ANOTHER HUMAN CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE 48 YEAR OLD IN USA (USA STRAIN OF MAD COW DISEASE sCJD)
Date: January 29, 2005 at 12:01 pm PST

Posted on Fri, Jan. 28, 2005


Lab tests show man died of disease not related to mad cow

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. - Lab tests have confirmed that a Grand Forks man died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare neurological condition with symptoms similar to mad cow disease, health officials say.

Michael Jose, 48, of Grand Forks, died on Sept. 25. The cause of death has been listed as classic CJD.

Scientists say classic CJD, though rare, is not unheard of in North Dakota or in the United States while mad cow disease, known as variant CJD, has not been found in this country.

"If this situation would have been what appeared to be variant CJD, it would have been a closely scrutinized and highly investigated case," said Larry Shireley, the state epidemiologist. "This was not a variant related to mad cow disease. It's not a concern for public health."

Brain tissue was sent to the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Shireley said.

Scientists say classic CJD usually affects people older than 60, and about 250 people in this country are diagnosed with it each year. Symptoms include trouble standing, walking or talking, and 90 percent of its victims die within a year.

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/state/10761701.htm

TSS



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