MAD COW NEWS
looked into human mad cow cases in NY
Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Federal officials have investigated 20 cases
for possible human mad cow disease in the last 10 years in
New York, where state officials currently are looking into
a cluster of five cases of a related disease, United Press
International has learned.
cases of what initially appeared to be a fatal, incurable
brain illness known as Creutzfeldt Jakob disease recently
have been reported in Ulster county and surrounding areas
in southern New York.
believe there's definitely a problem in this area," said
Brent Tobey, who lives in Ulster county and whose father,
Richard Tobey, 59, died earlier this month after being diagnosed
said he has tried to find out more about the cases, but health
professionals have been unwilling to talk to him.
keep getting doors slammed in my face," he said. "Nobody
wants to talk to me about it."
journos, not cows
the news was out that Australia - a county with a $3.5 billion
a year beef export industry - had been hit by mad cow disease.
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GLOBAL WARNING OF vCJD COMING TRUE
MEMBER: Name any near future event that makes history.
FEB 15, 2001 - You mean other than the mad cow pandemic, the
breakthroughs in high-energy physics and the unknown functions
of the 5100?
MAR 24, 2001 - Yes, and people are still dying and a great
deal of them are passing from CJD. As I said, with my very
first few posts almost 6 months ago, I want to emphasize how
devastating this will be."
risk letters go to 6,000 patients
of people have received letters warning they may be at increased
risk of developing the incurable brain disease variant CJD
as a result of medical treatment, it was announced yesterday.
notification - which should have reached 3,000 to 4,000 people
so far but will eventually go to 6,000 - has been triggered
by the cases of two people who are thought to have been infected
with vCJD from a blood transfusion. One has since died.
most at risk are people with haemophilia, which prevents blood
from clotting properly. There are more than 15,000 people
in the UK with haemophilia and related disorders, but only
those treated with blood plasma products made in the UK between
1980 and 2001 are considered at risk. Plasma products are
now sourced in the US.
know of nine blood donors who later developed vCJD, for which
there is no test before symptoms appear. Those donors gave
23 donations and their blood was incorporated into 200 batches
of plasma products.
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SPREAD OF vCJD
over vCJD risk
government has been urged to speed up its research into Variant
CJD - the human form of mad cow disease.
follows news that more than 460 people in Northern Ireland
are being warned that they could have been exposed to vCJD
through blood plasma products.
Department of Health said on Tuesday that it was writing to
464 patients to explain they were potentially at a small increased
risk of infection.
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A mystery in the wild
Few answers as deer fall prey to a deadly disease
Updated: 11:59 a.m. ET Sept. 21, 2004
PARK, Colo. - There is an illness in the wild, leaving a trail
of questions as it spreads from state to state.
as it is known, is a cousin to bovine spongiform encephalopathy
- mad cow disease - which has proven deadly not only for cows
but some humans as well.
vCJD SPREAD IN AUSTRALIA
has no known cause
September 14, 2004
brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is rare, and the
risk of person-to-person infection is even rarer.
1056 people who have had neurosurgery over the past 18 months
at Royal Melbourne Hospital have cause to be very worried.
They were put at direct risk of contracting the human form
of mad cow disease because contaminated surgical instruments
were used for a patient with CJD, that were later used for
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cow-type disease blamed on transfusion
August 8, 2004
A second case in which the human form of mad cow disease was
spread through a blood transfusion has been reported in the
United Kingdom. The first such case was reported there in
December, and health officials say they've been expecting
Transfusion Warning Over vCJD
6 August, 2004 04:45
(Reuters) - Britain's second suspected case of transmission
of the human form of mad cow disease through a blood transfusion
could mean more people will become infected with the deadly
illness, a medical expert says.
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Mad Cow May Be More Widespread
Aug 5, 8:31 PM ET
- Scientists have found evidence suggesting that the human
form of mad cow disease might be infecting a wider group of
people than seen so far and that some may develop a milder
form of the illness.
. . .But research published this week in The Lancet medical
journal reported the infection in a person with a more common
genetic makeup and with no symptoms of the illness.
means more people than previously believed could be incubating
the disease . . .
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Steven sends this:
COW 'FIREWALLS' JUST A SMOKESCREEN
As a result, the administration's assurances about safeguards
and firewalls, at least with respect to U.S. beef processing
plants, amount to little more than rhetoric.
sad truth is that the firewalls are designed more to protect
the meat industry from economic loss than to protect Americans
from mad cow. The consequence: American consumers are at an
unnecessarily greater risk of contracting a debilitating and
always fatal disease.
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Nota sends this:
MAY BE HARBOURING vCJD
Scientists have found evidence to suggest that more people
could be harbouring the human form of BSE than previously
MAD COW IN THE NEWS
John warned us about eating animals that are fed other animals
and even specifically mentioned gelatin!
March 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans
to increase its testing for mad cow disease tenfold, but consumer
advocates argued Tuesday the strategy is wrought with loopholes
and still is not adequate to safeguard the public. Lurie said,
however, hide and bones from cows are boiled down to create
gelatin capsules for pharmaceuticals and other uses, although
the infectivity is probably extremely low. The real concern
about the rendering loophole, Lurie said, is not so much for
people but whether any infectious material makes its way back
because rendered product can be fed to chickens and pigs,
and these animals can in turn be fed to cows. If the disease
can be transmitted this way, he continued, then this raises
concern about amplifying the prevalence of mad cow disease
among the U.S. herds, which could then entail a heightened
risk for consumers.
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Soldier first to get new 'mad cow' treatment
Green Beret from Fort Campbell has become the first person
in the nation to receive a new drug treatment for the human
variant of mad cow disease. Over 18 months, Alford had been
transformed from someone who had been a model soldier in Afghanistan
to the unit's resident foul-up. His superiors berated and
demoted him for losing equipment, going AWOL and repeatedly
failing to carry out commands.
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With an incubation period of 40 years, how many people will
have it in 2038?
man suffering from vCJD
Poole's sister, Nicola Hughes, said: "My brother has
died from a disease that many people think has gone away,
but it has not. The Poole family's solicitor, David Body,
who has represented more than 100 vCJD victims, said it was
believed the disease had an incubation period of up to 40
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MAD COW IN THE NEWS
John warned about CJD and Mad Cow disease before he left.
Now the news is echoing John's statements.
Jan 29, 2001 John said:
"I get no pleasure out of being right when it comes to
CJD disease, war in the Middle East or suffering people in
far away lands. There's nothing like the look on someone's
face when you tell them 100,000 people will be dead tomorrow.
US ALZHEIMER'S VICTIMS ACTUALLY DIE FROM MAD COW/CJD
a spokesperson for the National Alzheimer's Association, in
a recent interview, agreed that the actual number could easily
be 100,000, or even has high as 400,000 per year. "
JOHN TITOR NEWS ALERT !!!
MAD COW IN THE US AS JOHN WARNED?!
first-ever U.S. case of mad cow disease is suspected in a
single cow in
Washington state, but the American food supply is safe, Agriculture
Secretary Ann Veneman said Tuesday."
REFUSED TO RELEASE MAD COW RECORDS
outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States has the potential
to dwarf the situation in the United Kingdom because the American
beef industry is far larger and U.S. beef is exported to countries
all over the globe. "We're talking about billions of
people" around the world who potentially have been exposed
to U.S. beef, Lester Friedlander, a former USDA veterinarian
who has been insisting mad cow is present in American herds
for years, told UPI.
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