AR-News: (CZ) Mad-cow disease suspected in death

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Thu Jul 17 07:42:59 EDT 2003

[from Prague Post]

A 46-year-old woman who died in mid-June may be the country's first
human victim of mad-cow disease, medical experts said.

The woman was hospitalized for several months with an untreatable
neurological disorder before she died.

Officials have ordered medical tests that could not be conducted
while the patient was still alive to confirm the presence of the
human form of mad-cow disease, called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob

Five confirmed cases of the bovine form of the disease in cattle,
called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), have surfaced in the
Czech Republic since the epidemic first struck Europe in the
The first confirmed case of BSE in the Czech Republic was uncovered
in June 2001. At the time, 134 cows were slaughtered in Dusejov,
south Moravia. Two months later, four cows were killed in Svetnov,
south Moravia, after another infection was confirmed. The most recent
case occurred in May, when regular testing revealed an infected
animal at a farm in Dolni Lazany, Moravia.

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