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From: TSS ()
Subject: Korean Suspected of Mad Cow Disease
Date: January 15, 2007 at 9:06 am PST

Korean Suspected of Mad Cow Disease

By Kim Rahn
Staff Reporter
The authorities are conducting an epidemic inspection on a suspected victim of mad cow disease.

A patient who was hospitalized due to a dementia symptom at Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital in Seoul on Friday showed symptoms consistent with those of a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), according to the hospital, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Ministry of Health and Welfare Monday.

An official of the hospital said the patient, a man in his 70s whose identity was not disclosed, was confirmed to have Creutzfelds-Jakob disease (CJD) symptoms and has been hospitalized.

``But the final checkup result about whether he was infected with vCJD has not yet come out,¡¯¡¯ the official said.

The hospital reported the case to the authorities and the authorities dispatched related experts to inspect the patient, as the hospital did not have people and equipments needed for close examination of vCJD.

People infected with vCJD have similar symptoms to that of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the so-called mad cow disease. With that disease brains develop holes like sponges have.

Those in their 20s or 30s usually fall victim to the disease and the patients have symptoms such as madness, loss of eyesight and paralysis. They develop dementia and die within one year. Currently, there is no cure.

People can become infected with vCJD from eating beef of cows infected with BSE.

According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 75 people in Korea from 2001 through last September who were suspected of having the disease. Korea has had cases of CJD, which occurs from gene mutation, but not a case of vCJD yet.

rahnita@koreatimes.co.kr

01-15-2007 18:10


http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200701/kt2007011518101553460.htm


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