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The Contagion of Fear
The disease's fatal grip on the brain seems to come out of nowhere, afflicting an otherwise healthy person and turning him into an incoherent muddle. In Ulster County in upstate New York, that was how death came to at least two people in the last year. The rare brain malady called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease caused the death of one resident in November 2003 and of a second this fall. LINK
Father says autopsy showed rare disease was not found in daughter's brain
An autopsy on one of five Ulster County residents believed to have died from the brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob's disease found that the disease was not present in the woman's brain, her father said. Colleen Staccio, 46, died in August at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after being diagnosed with CJD. But an autopsy report from the National Prion Disease Research Center at Case Western University in Cleveland said the disease was not present in Staccio's brain, according to her father, Don Genther. LINK
Japan and the United States reached an agreement this morning that will allow the export of some American beef. The Japanese halted trade after a case of mad cow disease in Washington state last December, but now they have agreed to do business again.
Before the ban, Japan was a top market for U.S. Beef, buying about 1.4 billion dollars a year. The president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, Scott VanderWal, said today's agreement is a great business boost for area ranchers. "We have some of the best beef in the U.S. Right here in the upper midwest, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana area," he said. "And to be able to export that to Japan is certainly a good thing. Despite the good news, the U.S. still has some work to do. Japan plans to place a number of restrictions on the new trade. They include new mad cow test policies, revised domestic rules and regulations and age restrictions. VanderWal said the changes should not have a huge impact.
France said on Thursday it was tracing 10 people who had received blood transfusion from a person now diagnosed with the fatal, human form of mad-cow disease.
The individual is the eighth French person to be diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the health ministry said in a press release. LINK