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Spain Probes Possible Fourth Human Case of Mad Cow Disease

28 August 2008

MADRID - Spanish health authorities said Wednesday they were looking into the possibility that a woman who died last week at a hospital in Leon suffered from the human variant of mad cow disease.

If laboratory tests confirm the 64-year-old had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), the human variant of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease, it will be the fourth death from the disease in Spain.

"We are currently carrying out tests at a laboratory in Alcorcon to determine if the disease is Creutzfeldt-Jakob or not," a health ministry spokesman told AFP.

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Source: AFP


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