Mad Cow Disease Death Confirmed By CDC

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that a patient who recently died in Texas tested positive for Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (variant CJD). First discovered in the UK in 1996, this rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder is thought to be caused by consuming beef from cows infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), aka "mad cow" disease. The infection is believed to have occurred when the patient traveled abroad to Europe or the Middle East; this marks the fourth death from “mad cow” disease in the U.S. but health officials state that there is no public health threat at this time.

Mad Cow Disease Death Confirmed By CDC
Mad Cow Disease Death Confirmed By CDC

(CNN) -- Mad cow disease has caused a fourth death in the United States, health officials say. Lab tests have confirmed that a patient in Texas who recently died had Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a fatal brain disorder linked to eating beef from cattle with mad cow disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a press release.

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