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Cow disease first got the Dutchman

Cow disease first got the DutchmanIn the Netherlands confirmed the first case of the disease, the human variant of mad cow disease - a disease of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). The patient is hospitalized, is working to identify other possible similar cases. During the epidemic of mad cow disease in 1997, the disease struck the country has about 70 of animals, but now, the assurance of the Minister of internal Affairs, local beef is safe to eat. The disease of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease develops when injected into the human body a prion - specific proteins that cause the animal spongiform encephalopathy ("mad cow disease"). The disease in humans is manifested by progressive dementia and quickly leads to death of the patient. The first cases of mad cow disease were registered in the UK in the 90-ies, the disease claimed the lives of 149 the British. Cases of vCJD reported in Ireland, France, Canada, Japan, Italy and the USA, and two of these cases - the Irish and the Japanese became infected during their stay in Britain. In Russia no cases, although reports suggest that the UK could export in our country infected donor blood appeared. BBC News (Russian text Mednovosti.ru).



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