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From: TSS ()
Subject: Dutch have "mad cow" victim but say beef safe
Date: April 21, 2005 at 9:42 am PST

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Subject: Dutch have "mad cow" victim but say beef safe
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 11:51:06 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Thursday 21.04.2005, CET 18:45

April 21, 2005 4:20 PM

Dutch have "mad cow" victim but say beef safe

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands reported its first human case of
"mad cow" disease on Thursday but said Dutch beef is safe to eat.

The interior ministry said in a statement a patient at a hospital in the
central town of Utrecht had been diagnosed with variant Creutzfeld-Jakob
(vCJD), the human form of "mad cow disease".

It said European authorities had been informed and the inspector of
health was investigating whether there was any risk that the disease
could have infected others.

Around 150 cases of vCJD have been reported in the world, most of them
in Britain. There have also been cases in France, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Canada and the United States.

There have been more than 70 BSE cases in animals in the Netherlands
since 1997, but the interior ministry said that Dutch beef was safe
because all cattle were tested for BSE.

"Beef in the Netherlands is safe because all susceptible cattle are
tested for BSE at slaughter," the ministry said.

The brain-wasting disease is fatal and incurable. It is thought to be
caused by eating food tainted with material from cattle with bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, which is a
progressive neurological disorder.

The Netherlands announced strict new restrictions last year on blood
donation over concerns about the transmission of the human version of
mad cow disease through blood transfusion.

Mad cow disease, first emerged in British cattle in the 1980s and forced
the destruction of millions of cattle.

After assuring people beef was safe, British officials later were forced
to admit that some people apparently were infected with a human version
of BSE by eating certain products.


> Dutch have "mad cow" victim but say beef safe

SO, if there beef is so safe, then how in the world did this person
get nvCJD?


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