Mad cow disease kills mother and son in Spain

25th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

For the first time, a mother and son both die of the human form of mad cow disease.

25 September 2008

MADRID -- Two Spaniards became the first mother and son to die of mad cow disease, experts said Thursday.

Investigations confirmed that the death of a 40-year-old man in April and of his 64-year-old mother in August was caused by the human form of mad cow disease, the regional authorities of Castille and Leon said.

The case of a mother and son both dying of the disease was unique worldwide, said Juan Jose Badiola, president of the Spanish College of Veterinarians.

He said that information about how they contacted the disease would be investigated.

Veterinary experts believe the son caught the disease by eating infected beef before 2001, when safety measures were started.

Being related to an infected person is not considered a risk factor yet, according to Badiola.

The two deaths raised the Spanish death toll for the human form of mad cow disease to four. The first victim died in 2005.

[dpa / Expatica]

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