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From: TSS ()
Subject: Authorities probe death linked to mad cow disease West Indies (UHWI)
Date: February 17, 2005 at 2:21 pm PST

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Subject: Authorities probe death linked to mad cow disease West Indies (UHWI)
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 15:59:34 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Authorities probe death linked to mad cow disease
published: Wednesday | February 16, 2005

By Omar Anderson, Gleaner Writer

PRELIMINARY REPORTS received by the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicate
that a patient died at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI)
from a neurological condition that mimics symptoms of the rare disease,
variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), a human variant of 'mad cow'
disease.

Dr. Barry Wint, chief medical officer, in confirming receipt of the
reports, stressed that a 'notified case' of the rare disease has not
been conclusively identified at this time.

DISEASE-CAUSING AGENT

The patient reportedly travelled extensively outside of Jamaica in the
recent past and may have eaten meals infected with the disease-causing
agent while overseas.

More than 100 persons in the United Kindom have died from the disease
after eating tainted beef.

"For a Jamaican to have this condition (vCJD), they would have to be in
a BSE (infected) country," Dr. Wint told The Gleaner yesterday. "So
panic doesn't (have to) arise."

"BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is one of the causes of this
syndrome (vCJD), but it's not the sole cause," the CMO explained.
"Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease can occur independently as well as in
relation to mad cow disease."

BSE has been mostly identified in France, Portugal, Britain and Canada.
Jamaica usually imports beef products from the United States, Argentina,
Brazil, Uruguay and Australia.

CAUTION

Dr. Wint said that organisms other than the one linked to BSE can cause
vCJD, but he was unable to state what these were as he would need to
research it. He, however, cautioned that vCJD has been around long
before BSE was identified and diagnosed.

"When I went to medical school we were taught about the disease, but I
hadn't seen it here," he said.

Reports reaching The Gleaner last week were that a sports personality
died from the rare disease recently after admission to the UHWI. When
our newsroom contacted the UHWI to confirm the report, Stephanie Reid,
the hospital's chief executive officer, emphasised that no patient at
the hospital had died from BSE.

Dr. Wint said that the MoH will be investigating the case to determine
the circumstances under which the patient became afflicted with the
disease.

"They (authorities) have to enquire into the full travel history of the
person and see where they contracted it (vCJD)," the CMO stated. He
added that he was unable to publicly disclose the patient's name, due to
professional confidentiality. Dr. Wint said, however, that a public
statement will be made if MoH investigations confirm its preliminary
suspicion.


http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20050216/lead/lead2.html

TSS

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