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Sweden probes possible mad cow death

AFP/The Local · 16 Feb 2011, 07:00

Published: 16 Feb 2011 07:00 GMT+01:00

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"A patient who had been sick for about six months died the other week. In the last month we established that she had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease," infectious disease specialist Peter Iveroth told SR.

Health officials will now carry out an investigation into the woman's death to determine if it may have been caused by the variant of CJD associated with mad cow disease.

The woman's doctor, however, doubts there is any link between her death and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease.

"It's a very hard disease to diagnose and we aren't 100 percent certain of the diagnosis," the doctor said, adding the patient was not believed to have Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD).

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) is thought to be passed on to humans who have eaten meat contaminated with BSE.

Over 150 people around the world have died from the disease since it first emerged in 1995.

The other variant of CJD is unrelated to mad cow disease and non-transmissible.

"In this case it is our assessment that it is the older (non-transmissible) variant ... we have had that variant in Sweden for many years, before the occurrence of mad cow," the doctor said, describing sporadic CJD as "extremely unusual."

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Swedish radio reported results for the patient's complete autopsy could take up to six months.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:09 February 16, 2011 by JulieLou40
Poor lady.
09:25 February 16, 2011 by UScitizen
Don't eat berries and mushrooms from the woods,

Watch out for swine flu,

Don't kiss your dog,

Don't eat beef,

I think I'll move back to America next year. I said NEXT year. Don't rush me.
09:47 February 16, 2011 by RobinHood
Sweden can take the British option: kill every cow in the country, ruin breeding stock built up over decades, bankrupt hundreds of hard-working dairy farmers, and then realise there was no real danger after all.

Or the European option: "lose" the lab results, cover it up, carry on as normal, and then realise there was no real danger after all.

The European option is better, but the honest Swedes will choose the British option - on EU "advice".

This might be my last post, I ate beef last night and kissed my dog this morning.
10:34 February 16, 2011 by karex

Good comments UScitizen and RobinHood :D
11:55 February 16, 2011 by seagull
The headline had me worried, as I eat quite a lot of beef. Then the figures... 150 people GLOBALLY since 1995. You have more chance of choking to death from a lentil.
18:11 February 16, 2011 by hogar2010
NB: All forms of prion disease (CJD) are transmissible, but not all forms are acquired, which I think is what this writer meant to say.

23:30 February 16, 2011 by Da Goat
sort of another waste of space article where there are trying to say two opposite things at once. BSE CJD scrappy and kuru are all the same we just not sure about them, it could be she likes lambs brains and has nothing to do at all with cows.

as hogar2010 said!
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