Anything on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Martin Cann mjcann at med.cornell.edu
Tue Aug 22 14:08:18 EST 1995


> About Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.  Please remember that a farmer in 
> England got bovine spongiform encephalitis in 1992 or 1993.  He got it 
> from a cow!  He later developed Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.  This is a 
> well known case.  You could verify this with Dr. Virgil Hulse (503 
> 535-2623) - its a well documented case.  Pete Hardin with the MilkWeed 
> knows about this too 608 455-2400.
> 
There have been two cases in the last four years of farmers contracting
CJD.  There is nothing statistically anomolous about this.  There is
absolutely no evidence that this a bovine to human BSE infection.  None. 
To say otherwise is scandalous and wrong.  What experiments do you do to
show that it was contracted from a cow?  What experiments have been done? 
None.

In the same period a sixteen year old girl has contracted CJD.  This is
rare but is known (even in the BSE free US).  The press informed us that
her favourite food was beefburgers and therefore this was a human case of
BSE.  The tenuous logic used by the press in this case is the same as that
used in the case of the farmers.  If BSE is infecting farmers then why not
abbatoir workers who are much more at risk as they are directly exposed to
infectious material.



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