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SCI/TECH: First US Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Fatality

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posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 07:18 PM
FLORIDA - A woman suffering from the human form of mad cow disease, has died Sunday. Charlene Singh died after being ill for multiple years having the fatal and incurable variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, she was the first person in the US diagnosed with the illness. Reports indicate that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will investigate further.

REUTERS - Florida Woman with Human Form of Mad Cow Disease Dies
The brain-wasting illness is thought to be caused by eating processed food made from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle. Up to November 2003, more than 183,000 cases of the disease were confirmed in Britain in more than 35,000 herds, according to CDC figures.

Singh's case was the only reported case of the illness reported to the CDC in the United States. Last December, BSE was diagnosed in an adult Holstein cow from Washington State that had probably been imported from Canada two years earlier.

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According to her family she probably contracted the virus over a decade ago after consuming contaminated meat in Britain, the nation she was born and raised in. During the 1980s and 1990s an outbreak swept over the country affecting tens of thousands of cattle. The majority of the worldwide more than 150 cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob were reported in Britain.

WHO - Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a rare and fatal human neurodegenerative condition. As with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, vCJD is classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) because of characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain and its ability to be transmitted. vCJD is a new disease that was first described in March 1996.

WHO - Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a transmissible, neurodegenerative, fatal brain disease of cattle. The disease has a long incubation period of four to five years, but ultimately is fatal for cattle within weeks to months of its onset. BSE first came to the attention of the scientific community in November 1986 with the appearance in cattle of a newly-recognized form of neurological disease in the United Kingdom (UK).

relevant information:
New Scientist - BSE and vCJD

other relevant articles:
CIDRAP - Florida woman dies of probable vCJD
Bloomberg - CDC Joins Inquiry Into Probable Florida Mad-Cow Case
CNN - Woman thought to have human form of mad cow disease dies

[edit on 22-6-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 07:40 PM
It's not a nice way to die...
You have to wonder, with the lax regulations with regard to beef in the past (if not still) how many people in the United States have vCJD. There could be outbreaks in the future; just as scientists in Britain say that there could still be groups of people infected, yet still showing no symptoms, and the numbers *could* be in the 1000's.

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 11:17 AM
Did anyone mention John Titor?

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 11:25 AM
What exactly did Titor supposedly say about this? I've heard mention of it before.

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 01:25 PM
sad to say but as my grandma puts its...there's a reason hindus don't eat meat from a cow...she feels that this particular incident, especially since the girl was of indian descent, is a message to hindus, to remember their religion and traditions and not to get caught up in the western culture.

now me on the other hand while I currently don't eat beef or pork, I was a beef eater during two pregnancies, cravings just couldn't help I don't share my grandma's sentiments.... I feel really bad for the family of the think a harmless hamburger did this girl in while in the prime of her life..they had high hopes last fall, that she would survive since oxygen treatments were having a positive effect on her.

btw i do believe that Ms. Singh was currently the only known case of the disease in the usa.

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 08:24 PM

related story:WBKO - Local Man Dies of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Dr. Dennis O'Keefe is a neurologist. Dr. O'Keefe says, "It's caused by an unusual protein called a prion. What this prion does when it gets in the body, it affects other prions and causes them to unfold and become inactive."

Dr. O'Keefe says, "The illness varies in its presentation. The most common presentation is a progressive loss of intellectual functions. It may be your speech, maybe confusion, maybe difficulties controlling one part of your body or another."

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posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 08:35 PM
Heres some articles on VJD that Gryffen has coverd on the subject you might find some of the links of a use .

posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 12:37 PM
This link is to a page with some rambling text about past cases of C-J disease, but at the bottom is a list of evryday products that may also harbor those dangerous prions. A while back I read about a study of the brain tissue of people who had supposedly died of Alzheimer's Disease (US), in which something like 5% were determined to be likely victims of new variant C-V, which projected to some really phenomenal number of potential latent cases. This link mentions a similarity between the proteins involved in the two diseases. Here is an interesting article postulating that the two diseases may actually be the same. Sorry I can't spend more time digging and vetting these, only have my lunch hour, maybe someone can dig some more to validate/invalidate some of this?

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