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From: TSS ()
Subject: Woman dies of fast-moving brain disorder, COULD BE A STRAIN OF MAD COW DISEASE
Date: March 11, 2005 at 8:19 am PST

Woman dies of fast-moving brain disorder

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. A Binghamton woman whose illness prompted hospital officials to assure the public that she didn't have mad cow disease has died.

The woman -- whose name has not been publicly disclosed -- died Wednesday at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. She was in her mid-60s.The woman died just 20 days after a brain biopsy revealed she had classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob (KROITS'-felt YA'-kob) Disease.Although it's not contagious, C-J-D has symptoms similar to those associated with mad cow disease.Two weeks ago, hospital officials took the unusual step of discussing the case. They said they wanted to keep rumors from spreading that the hospital was treating someone with mad cow disease.A hospital spokesman today said doctors had verified the woman died as a result of C-J-D.(Bob Joseph, WNBF, Binghamton) Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

http://www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=3063647

They said they wanted to keep rumors from spreading that the hospital was treating someone with mad cow disease.


BASE in cattle in Italy of Identification of a second bovine amyloidotic spongiform encephalopathy: Molecular similarities with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0305777101v1

Adaptation of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy agent to primates and comparison with Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease: Implications for human health THE findings from Corinne Ida Lasmézas*, [dagger] , Jean-Guy Fournier*, Virginie Nouvel*, Hermann Boe*, Domíníque Marcé*, François Lamoury*, Nicolas Kopp [Dagger ] , Jean-Jacques Hauw§, James Ironside¶, Moira Bruce [||] , Dominique Dormont*, and Jean-Philippe Deslys* et al, that The agent responsible for French iatrogenic growth hormone-linked CJD taken as a control is very different from vCJD but is similar to that found in one case of sporadic CJD and one sheep scrapie isolate;

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/041490898v1

Characterization of two distinct prion strains derived from bovine spongiform encephalopathy transmissions to inbred mice

http://vir.sgmjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/85/8/2471

TSS




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