State Health Officials Investigate Possible Beef Linked Disease

April 9, 2008

(AP) State health officials are investigating a possible case of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, a rare brain disorder linked to eating beef from cattle infected with mad cow disease.

The possible victim is a patient at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth - though a spokesman with the state health department emphasizes that officials are still uncertain of the diagnosis.

Officials say the condition isn't spread through casual contact. Not every form of the disease is contagious, either.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recorded
three U.S. cases linked to mad cow to date. The condition has killed more than 150 people worldwide, most of them in Britain.

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