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From: TSS ()
Subject: IRELAND Harney urged to explain vCJD infection, suspect CJD case NW
Date: May 5, 2005 at 2:39 pm PST

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Subject: IRELAND Harney urged to explain vCJD infection, suspect CJD case NW
Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 15:24:13 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@aegee.org


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Harney urged to explain vCJD infection
05/05/2005 - 18:19:31 Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney has
been asked to explain how a man became infected with the human form of
Mad Cow Disease, despite strict controls.

Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney has been asked to explain
how a man became infected with the human form of Mad Cow Disease,
despite strict controls.

The 24-year-old man, who is seriously ill in a Dublin hospital with only
months to live, was the first person in the Republic of Ireland
diagnosed with vCJD last November.

Labour TD Eamon Gilmore, who was approached by the mans family, today
asked Ms Harney in the Dail how the victim contracted the fatal brain
disease despite apparently strict controls in place in Ireland since 1996.

Mr Gilmore called on Ms Harney to outline measures put in place in
Ireland to prevent vCJD, when these were put in place and how they are
monitored.

He said: This particular family want to know how their son came to
develop vCJD in this country given that he had never travelled abroad.

This raises the question as to the adequacy of the safeguards which are
in place to prevent vCJD arising in this country.

He also said the Government should set up a compensation fund for vCJD
victims and their families, like in the UK.

Speaking on behalf of Ms Harney, Minister of State Brian Lenihan said
that adequate controls are in place and no additional measures are
required in light of the recent occurrence.

He said the Tánaiste is continuously briefed by the National vCJD
Advisory Group and the National Disease Surveillance Centre on the issue.

He added that there were no public health issues in this case as the
person involved never donated or received blood products or underwent
invasive surgery.

The initial conclusion is that the situation presented by the
occurrence of this case does not require that any other measures, apart
from those already in place, need to be taken, he said.

Mr Lenihan sympathised with the victim and his family and appealed for
their privacy to be respected.

Mr Gilmore added: I have, on a confidential basis, supplied the
Tánaiste with the details of the case which I am raising here, so that
she may be able to fully respond.

I hope that she will be able to respond in a positive and sympathetic
way which this case requires.

By the end of 2002, 129 people had developed the disease in the UK but
because the incubation period is extremely long, there are fears that
there could be a substantial increase in the number of cases in the future.

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=142057084&p=y4zx5779x

Suspected CJD case reported in northwest

05 May 2005 20:53

The Health Service Executive North West has confirmed that a patient in
its care has presented with symptoms, which may be caused by CJD.
Diagnosis has not yet been confirmed.

There are two types of CJD, sporadic and Variant CJD, which is caused
when a person has consumed BSE infected food.

To date only two cases of Variant CJD have been confirmed in Ireland.

The HSE North West says that as this patient is unwell it asks that
family be afforded privacy at this time.

RTÉ News understands that the patient concerned is an elderly man living
in north Donegal.


http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/0505/cjd.html

TSS

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