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NEWS: Dutch Woman Diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease

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posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 01:07 PM
A woman in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands has been diagnosed with the deadly variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, otherwise known as mad cow disease. This is the first case of the brain wasting prion disease diagnosed in the Netherlands. It appears that it's unlikely that she could have spread of the disease to anyone else through blood transfusions or other methods.
(CNN) -- A patient in the Dutch city of Utrecht has been diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a human form of mad cow disease, the Dutch Health Ministry said.

The ministry, in a statement issued Thursday, said it is "the first known case" in the Netherlands.

"The case was reported by Rotterdam's Erasmus Medisch Centrum, the national surveillance center that monitors the disease in the Netherlands," the ministry said.

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Mad cow seems to spreading to new areas where it hadn't been seen before. The Netherlands' proximity to England may indicate that she's part of the same outbreak that swept Britain, however.

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posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 01:25 PM
The Docters say, she could have attracted the disease, as long as 20 years ago, so it doesn't necesarilly mean, the current rules , testing and protectionschemes of cowmeat are inadequate.

[edit on 22-4-2005 by Silenus]

posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 08:23 PM
That is true. It's not clear yet where or when she contracted the disease. She may have lived in Britain for an extended period of time during the period when British beef was widely infected.

posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 08:48 PM
Get ready people because is coming this way, she may be the first in that country but I tell you I wonder how many people are treated for other problems and the doctors are disregarding mad cow disease as a posible cause.

I will not be surprised.

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