French man believed latest 'mad cow' victim

2nd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 1 (AFP) - A 55-year-old Frenchman believed to be suffering from the human form of "mad cow" disease died Thursday in a hospital outside Paris, city officials said.

PARIS, July 1 (AFP) - A 55-year-old Frenchman believed to be suffering from the human form of "mad cow" disease died Thursday in a hospital outside Paris, city officials said.

If confirmed, the death would bring to seven the number of French victims of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD), an incurable brain-wasting illness.

Four men and two women aged 20 to 37 have so far succumbed to the disease in France, according to health officials.

More than 140 people are known to have died in Britain from vCJD, a spongy deterioration of the brain causing personality change, loss of body function and eventually death.

Fears for the safety of British beef emerged in 1986 when "mad cow" disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), was first discovered in a cow on a farm in West Sussex.

 

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