Texas man fourth in U.S. to die from rare brain disease: CDC

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mothman32 wrote:

There is no way to know when or where infection happened!

Jun 05, 2014 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CmdrBuzz wrote:

My brother-in-law died of CJD a few years ago. He was also in Texas.

Jun 05, 2014 5:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dtayls wrote:

“…supports the likelihood that infection occurred outside the United States,” Yeah, sure. With NO random testing for mad cow disease ALLOWED in meat processing plants or stockyards in the United States, we should believe the CDC? Random testing should be mandated, not forbidden.

Jun 05, 2014 5:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

It would be wise to do some form of testing to assure our livestock have not or will not become infected with mad cow disease. More than likely this unfortunate case was contracted over seas, but if more cases arise, then a domestic source can be suspected. I would rather not see people die as the litmus test.

Jun 05, 2014 6:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CmdrBuzz wrote:

My brother-in-law did not travel extensively outside the U.S. The only other country I ever knew he visited was Mexico and he had not been there in some years. So he makes five who have died of CJD.

Jun 05, 2014 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I like the way “mad cow disease” is minimalized as if to hide it. Mad Cow is caused by prions, and they’re cumulative. That means the more infected beef you eat, the sooner you get it. The less you eat, the later it shows up. That’s probably why they mix meat from as many as 750 cows in a pound of hamburger. At the rate they’re testing for it (25,000 animals/year), there could have been as many as 10,000 animals infected and sent through the US food chain by 2003. For all we know, the hamburger is rife with Mad Cow, but we’ll never be told. The theory is it won’t manifest before most people die if it’s diluted. The beef companies keep making money without “pesky” (cheap) testing.

Jun 06, 2014 7:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse

I think most CJD cases are never correctly diagnosed. Only a brain autopsy will reveal Mad Cow disease. The symptoms are almost identical to several other degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. So-called “Alzheimer’s” victims are almost never autopsied. Coincidence? I think not.

Cover-up? I think so.

Jun 06, 2014 8:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nagant wrote:

There’s another difficulty in tracing vCJD: the disease manifests itself many years, maybe decades after the infection occurs. However there are known simple ways to minimize chances to get infected.
1. Always thoroughly wash your beef before cooking
2. Avoid cuts located near the spinal cord, and never ever consume the spinal cord and brain tissue, they are known to harbor prions. Muscle tissue normally is safe, but can be contaminated in the process of butchering (so see 1)
3. Avoid buying ground meat and products made of it. If you like hamburgers, it’s not that difficult to make your own ground meat. Besides, this way you also lower your chances to contract other nasties like E.Coli and Salmonella. And also you are guaranteed from an occasional rat going through the grinder into hamburgers, unless you are intent on adding rat to ground beef
;-)

Jun 06, 2014 10:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
euro-yank wrote:

All the above advice is good…… better is to never eat blended beef…. better still to insist that your government start testing the beef rather than stick the cattlemen’s dollars down their pants and tell you not to worry.

Jun 06, 2014 11:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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