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4th U.S. Case of Mad Cow Disease Confirmed, No Public Health Threat


Little information has been released about the latest victim, except that he lived in Texas and, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), had been traveling extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. This leads officials to believe he did not contract the disease in the United States, but it's still unknown where he became infected. Carrie Williams of the Department of State Health Services said that the earlier cases of vCJD were contracted in the United Kingdom (2 of the cases) and Saudi Arabia (1).

The man sought treatment at a Houston hospital on May 2 and died May 15. The presence of vCJD was detected in the man's brain after an autopsy and the diagnosis was confirmed on June 2. Though the man sought treatment in Houston, it's being reported that he did not live in the city.

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