Creutzfeld-Jakob disease


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Creutzfeld-Jakob disease

A rare, often fatal disease of the brain, characterized by gradual dementia and loss of muscle control that occurs most often in middle age and is caused by a slow virus.
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There are some doubts in the medical world about the link between socalled mad cow disease and new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (nvCJD) where rates of new cases has remained fewer than 25 a year.
Beginning next spring, thousands of additional people who have lived in or visited Europe will be barred from donating blood as a new precaution against the spread of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease that apparently is spread by eating infected beef.
The term "vCJD" refers to variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (sometimes also called "new variant CJD" or "nvCJD"), a form of the disease that scientists have shown is caused by exposure to mad cow disease.
Nearly 100 deaths overseas have been directly linked to the virus by way of new-variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD), hundreds of thousands of animals have been destroyed across the European continent, and devastating financial effects are stampeding through the world's beef market.
Originally discovered in Britain in 1996, BSE has been linked to the fatal human illness variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD).
However in March 1996 a new strain of the human form, Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease, was confirmed.
They are investigating the Government's handling of the outbreak of Mad Cow Disease (BSE) and its links to the human degenerative brain condition Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (CJD).
It covers for example Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease among others and considers these difficult and devastating conditions simply and in a very straightforward manner.
Professor Behan, speaking in a tele- vision interview on Friday night, said he had no doubts that she was suffering from Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease.
He added that the experts had proved no link between BSE in cattle and the new strain of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease discovered in ten young people.