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From: TSS ()
Subject: First probable case of vCJD reported in the Netherlands
Date: April 22, 2005 at 9:25 am PST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: First probable case of vCJD reported in the Netherlands
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 11:34:32 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


E-alert 22 April: First probable case of vCJD reported in the Netherlands

Editorial team1 (eurosurveillance.weekly@hpa.org.uk) and Arnold Bosman2

TSS

1Eurosurveillance editorial office

2Centrum voor Infectieziekten Epidemiologie, Rijksinstituut voor

Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Bilthoven, the Netherlands

The first probable case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) disease in a

patient in the Netherlands was yesterday reported by the Dutch Ministerie

van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport (Ministry of Health, Welfare and

Sport) [1,2]. The patient is currently being treated at a hospital in

Utrecht.

The case, in a 26 year old woman, was detected through national surveillance

of CJD, coordinated by the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, and the

probable diagnosis is based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and clinical

signs. The diagnosis was reviewed by the United Kingdom's National

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit, which runs The European and

Allied Countries Collaborative Study Group of CJD (EUROCJD,

http://www.eurocjd.ed.ac.uk/EUROINDEX.htm). The Netherlands has informed the

European authorities via the European Early Warning and Response System

(EWRS).

The patient has never donated or received blood or tissue, and the

likelihood that any other people have been exposed to this infection is

reported to be very small.

References:

1. Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport . Eerste patiŽnt met

variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Press release, 21 April 2005. [in Dutch]

(http://www.minvws.nl/nieuwsberichten/pg/2005/eerste-patint-met-variant-crue

tzfeldt-jakob.asp)

2. Utrecht: Mesos Medisch Centrum. Persverklaring [Press release], 21 April

2005. [in Dutch] (http://www.mesos.nl/html/actueel/act1.htm)


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Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> CJD (new var.) - Netherlands: 1st case
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 02:43:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: ProMED-mail
Reply-To: promedNOREPLY@promed.isid.harvard.edu
To: promed-ahead-edr@promedmail.org

CJD (NEW VAR.) - NETHERLANDS: 1ST CASE
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Date: Thu 21 Apr 2005
From: Mary Marshall Source: Reuters Foundation Alertnet, Thu 21 Apr 2005 [edited]

1st case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease reported in The Netherlands
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The Netherlands reported its 1st human case of "mad cow" disease on Thu 21 Apr 2005 but said Dutch beef is safe to eat. The interior ministry declared that a patient at a hospital in the central town of Utrecht had been diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease [abbreviated as CJD (new var.) or vCJD in ProMED-mail], 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 cases of "mad cow disease" or BSE [Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy] 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 known as vCJD, is fatal and incurable. It is thought to be caused by eating food tainted with material from cattle with 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 vCJD through blood transfusion. BSE first emerged in British cattle in the 1980s and forced the destruction of millions of animals. 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.

--
Mary Marshall


[Confirmed cases of vCJD have been identified in the United Kingdom (155), France (9), Italy (2), and Ireland (1). The case of vCJD in the Netherlands brings the total of confirmed and suspected cases for Europe to 168. 4 other cases of vCJD have been confirmed in addition to these European cases; one each in Canada, the Hong Kong SAR, Japan, and the USA, bringing the total of suspected and confirmed cases worldwide to 172. The 4 non-European cases, however, had periods of residence in Britain and may have contracted the disease there. Suspected cases have been reported also from the Czech Republic, Guadeloupe, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and South Africa, but none has been confirmed so far. - Mod.CP]

[see also:
CJD (new var.) update 2005 (03) 20050308.0687
CJD (new var.) update 2005 (02) 20050211.0467
CJD (new var.) - Japan: death 20050204.0381
CJD (new var.) update 2005 (01) 20050111.0095
2004
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CJD (new var.) - UK: update 2004 (14) 20041206.3242
CJD (new var.) - France: 9th case 20041123.3138
CJD, genetic susceptibility 20041112.3064
CJD (new var.) - UK: update 2004 (01) 20040106.0064
2003
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CJD (new var.) - UK: update 2003 (13) 20031216.3072
CJD (new var.) - UK: update 2003 (01) 20030108.0057]

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