posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 01:47 AM
An official report confirms that the death of a Japanese citizen was caused by mad cow disease. The brain wasting disease is thought to come from
eating beef infected by BSE prions. The man lived in the United Kingdom for a month and it is thought he may have become infected there. This is the
first confirmed case of mad cow disease in the Asian nation.
TOKYO - Japan confirmed its first human case of mad cow disease Friday following the death of a man who had symptoms of the fatal brain wasting
The confirmation comes hours after the Health Ministry said that a Japanese citizen was suspected of having the human variant of mad cow disease.
Officials were holding an emergency meeting to determine whether it was caused by eating infected beef.
The ministry told reporters that the patient was a male and had lived for a month in Britain, where mad cow first surfaced in the late 1980s. He
developed the disease in December 2001 when he was in his 40s. He died in December.
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If the man did contract the disease years ago in Britain then it is probably not an indication of a new outbreak. The disease is a scary one though
and all precautions need to be taken to regulate the feed of cows and testing of beef that enters the human food market.
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[edit on 2/4/2005 by djohnsto77]
[edit on 4-2-2005 by Spectre]