CWD in Idaho – 09/29/2005

  • November 22, 2013 at 2:38 am #1037

    Between massive fish die-offs, CWD in the Elk and Deer population
    and the ever growing avian to human viruses and all the various
    human syndrome illnesses have jumped in number, it becomes
    increasing more difficult to understand where this all begins.
    Is it a coincidence that the timing all seemed to start at the same
    time as the Aerosol Operation kicked-up in earnest in the fall of
    Idaho confirms 3rd death from rare brain disease

    SALMON, Idaho, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Test results confirm a rare brain-
    wasting illness similar to mad cow disease claimed the life of a 53
    year-old northern Idaho woman earlier this month, state health
    officials said on Wednesday.

    The results bring to three the number of confirmed cases this year
    in Idaho of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, an incurable illness
    involving a malformed protein that kills brain cells.

    Idaho officials believe a naturally occurring form of the disease is
    responsible for the three cases and may be involved in an additional
    four deaths this year.

    Further testing is under way to rule out variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
    Disease, considered the human form of mad cow disease and linked to
    eating beef from infected cattle.

    The naturally occurring form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, whose
    cause is unknown and which is not contagious, typically is found at
    an annual rate of one case per million Americans.
    Idaho, with a population of 1.4 million, already has exceeded the
    expected number of cases in a year, prompting concern among medical

    “Any time you have more cases of a disease than you expect, you want
    to know why,” said Cheryle Becker, epidemiology manager for Idaho’s
    South Central District Health.
    Becker’s office has overseen the probe into two confirmed cases of
    Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and is investigating two more suspected

    “For that part of the country, it seems to be an unusual number of
    cases,” said Ermias Belay, a Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease expert with
    the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The specter of mad cow disease has sparked alarm among some
    residents of a state whose industries include cattle production.
    Becker and others are cautioning the public not to overreact.
    “We don’t want to panic people about this,” she said. “We don’t have
    information that would cause people to change their lives in any

    Tom Shanahan, a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Health and
    Welfare, said an analysis of data the agency has collected on
    confirmed and suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease victims shows few
    common denominators other than all were at least 50 years old and
    lived in Idaho.

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