France counts human cases of mad cow disease

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PARIS, Nov 3 (AFP) - A total of 15 cases of the human form of mad cow disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), have been recorded in France since the malady first appeared in the country in 1996, health officials said Thursday.

PARIS, Nov 3 (AFP) - A total of 15 cases of the human form of mad cow disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), have been recorded in France since the malady first appeared in the country in 1996, health officials said Thursday.

All but two have died, they said in an update of the situation and the profiles of those who contracted the disease.

This year saw the greatest number of deaths related to vCJD, with five deaths. Two died in 2004, three in 2003, and one person died in each of 2001, 2000 and 1996.

Those infected comprised six men and seven women, aged between 20 and 58, and none had any of the recognised genetic or environmental factors linked to classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Like mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), vCJD causes a wasting of the brain in the subject and death. It is untreatable.

Britain, in comparison, has so far recorded 157 cases of vCJD, of whom six are still alive.

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