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Aretha - very ill -believed to have CJD -

johnnysensible
Posted by johnnysensible at 04/07/2008

Important note - this story is not about the other Aretha - the fur lover - http://www.furisdead.com/feat_worst_dressed_winner.asp

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Does anyone in the US still eat beef?

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http://www.wvec.com/news/portsmouth/stories/wvec_local_040708_mad_cow_disease.3fd7e5c7.html#

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“Aretha has always lived in Virginia,” said Mrs. Vincent. “She has not traveled overseas. She’s not even been to the Midwest.”

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The Health Department says they can not confirm this is, in fact, CJD. 13News has learned the only way to definitively confirm it is to conduct a biopsy after death.

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http://hamptonroads.com/2008/04/state-investigating-possible-case-rare-disease-portsmouth
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One possibility is a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, known as vCJD, a rare degenerative brain disorder that has been linked to consumption of contaminated beef. The disease is not spread through casual contact from person to person.

There are also other forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, known as CJD, that are unrelated to beef consumption. State officials are looking into those as well.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease strikes about 200 people a year in the United States. The most common forms of the disease have no known cause or are linked to a genetic mutation. Fewer than 1 percent of cases are linked to medical procedures.

To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recorded three cases in the United States of the variant that has been linked to mad cow disease.


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johnnysensible
johnnysensible04/07/2008 22:57:29
http://www.wvec.com/news/portsmouth/stories/wvec_local_040708_mad_cow_disease.3fd7e5c7.html

Portsmouth woman may have human form of Mad Cow Disease

Monday, April 7, 2008


PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- A 22-year-old Portsmouth woman is close to dying, and family says doctors believe the human equivalent of Mad Cow Disease could be the reason.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease , or CJD, is so rare that there has only been one other possible case ever in the United States.

The Portsmouth Health Department is looking into the case because the variant form of the disease comes from eating infected meat, and Aretha Vincent's family says she's never left the United States.

Robin Vincent told us her daughter, Aretha, became very ill with dizziness and vomiting that led to blurry vision. Then, she could barely stand.

"Oh, God, it was like she put all she could put into trying to walk," said Aretha's mother.

Mrs. Vincent took pictures of her daughter being led to the hospital, where she says doctors diagnosed her with variant CJD.

The disease, known for its horrid affect on animals, can be passed onto humans, but it is rare.

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Katylynn2000
Katylynn200005/08/2008 07:50:24
Okay, so one says 200 people a year and the other said one EVER. So frustrating to me.

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