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What's the risk of getting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease from eating meat?
Since 1995 in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands), new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD) has been associated with the consumption of meat from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease.
In humans, the species barrier may have been breached with the new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases in England.
Specifically, Talecris has demonstrated that potential infection risk from pathogenic prions, including those associated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD, the human form of "Mad Cow") is significantly reduced during the manufacturing process in the unlikely event such prions are present in the plasma starting material.
His condition, known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, is linked to consuming products from cattle infected with BSE in the 1990s.
She was diagnosed two years ago with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of the brain-wasting illness BSE.
In people, prions occasionally cause the lethal brain condition known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or vCJD.
The occurrence of BSE in the United States reinforces the need for physicians to be aware of the clinical features of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and to arrange for brain autopsies in all decedents with suspected or probable CJD to assess the neuropathology of these patients.
Scientists believe human consumption of BSE-infected products causes variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a brain-wasting illness that has claimed at least 140 lives in Britain.
Health Secretary John Reid told MPs of an incident in which a patient died after receiving blood years earlier from a donor who contracted variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Earlier this month it emerged that the risk of the human form of BSE - variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) - being transmitted through blood transfusions might be considerably higher than previously thought.

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