Massachusetts patient tested for mad cow disease Sunday, July 20, 2008 8:33 PM
Posted Apr 09 2009 7:13pm
Sunday, July 20, 2008 8:33 PM Massachusetts patient tested for mad cow disease
Massachusetts patient tested for mad cow disease
By STEVE LeBLANC – 34 minutes ago
BOSTON (AP) — Public health officials in Massachusetts are investigating whether a patient in a Cape Cod hospital has the human form of mad cow disease.
Dr. Alfred DeMaria, the state's director of communicable disease control, confirmed Sunday to The Associated Press that tests are being done to see if the patient has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and whether it's the variant attributed to mad cow.
There have only been three cases of the human form of mad cow disease reported in the United States in the last several years, and officials say it's extremely unlikely the patient in Cape Cod Hospital has the disease.
Mad cow disease — medically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE — causes spongy holes in the brain.
Eating meat products contaminated with mad cow disease is linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare and fatal human malady.
DeMaria says it will take a few more days before the test results are available. He said there are about a half-dozen cases reported every year in Massachusetts and about 300 nationwide.
A spokesman for Cape Cod Hospital confirmed the facility notified public health officials Thursday of a patient with test results that require reporting. He said hospital officials were told the illness was not contagious and that there was no cause for concern.
the old ukbsenvcjd only theory played out to a T. and why not, it's worked this long. ...tss
Test confirms Cape patient has rare brain disease July 21, 2008 02:49 PM By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
An elderly patient on Cape Cod has tested positive for a rare brain ailment called Creutzfeldt-Jackob disease, state public health officials announced this afternoon.
Each year in Massachusetts, six or seven people are diagnosed with the degenerative disorder, which in most cases leads to rapid death.
The disease, known for decades among neurologists, first came to widespread public attention during the mad cow scare of the 1980s, when cases of the disorder were linked to tainted beef in the United Kingdom. But only three such cases have ever been identified in the United States, and all of those were in patients who had come from Great Britain.
Further tests will be conducted to determine the cause of the Cape patient's illness, but state disease trackers said there is nothing to suggest that the patient's case is associated with mad cow disease. Instead, like virtually all cases in the United States, it is almost certainly not linked to any obvious external cause.
don't these dummies know by now that the USA does not have any mad cow disease and or any human cjd ramifications from a mad cow, cause the USDA says so... NOT
there has been a decade old, systematic cover-up of corporate homicide just because of trade, futures and commodities. the elderly demented, your grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, sisters and brothers, are all expendable, due to the fact the American joe-cue-public is just to damn lazy to care. the elderly and demented are expendable. but mark my word here and now, it's here, and has been, call it what you like.....
10 people killed by new CJD-like disease
Public release date: 9-Jul-2008
Since Gambetti's team wrote a paper describing an initial 11 cases referred to his centre between 2002 and 2006 (Annals of Neurology, vol 63, p 697), another five have come to light. "So it is possible that it could be just the tip of the iceberg," Gambetti says.