Boy second victim of Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease
16 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — A 16-year-old schoolboy from North Brabant died at the end of October from Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease after being infected with the human variant of mad cow disease.
16 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — A 16-year-old schoolboy from North Brabant died at the end of October from Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease after being infected with the human variant of mad cow disease.
The male youth, of Bennebroek, was admitted to hospital in July, but it is not yet certain how he became infected with the disease.
The Health Ministry and the Government Institute for Public Health and Environment have refused to confirm reports due to agreements made with the victim's family.
The boy is the second person to die from Creutzfeld-Jakob disease in a short period. A 26-year-old Utrecht woman died in 2005.
The Creutzfeld-Jakob research centre in Rotterdam has indicated that probably two other Dutch nationals have been infected with the brain disease.
They were both allegedly infected after eating British meat that was imported into the Netherlands in the 1990s.
The hereditary form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob affects 20 people each year. The variant caused by mad cow disease can develop 20 years after the consumption of infected beef.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news