Caribbean Illness Linked to Mad Cow

Caribbean Illness Linked to Mad Cow

May 28, 2001 Reuters

POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AP) - Officials in the French Caribbean on Saturday confirmed three cases of a brain-wasting ailment in the islands and said one could be a variant linked to Mad Cow disease.

Two of the patients are on the French island of Guadeloupe and the other patient is on St. Martin.

One is possibly suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease,the human variation of the disease linked to the consumption of beef infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, known as Mad Cow disease, according to the French government's top official on Guadeloupe, Jean Francois Carenco.

The other two cases are suspected to be another form of the fatal ailment that isn't linked to eating infected meat, he said.

Earlier on Saturday in Paris, Health Ministry officials said they were still investigating if the three patients had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Three people in France have already died from it.

In Britain, where Mad Cow disease was identified in 1995, 100 people are believed to have contracted the ailment. The disease can only be confirmed by a brain biopsy, usually after death.

In 1997, a woman in Guadeloupe died from a form of the disease not linked to Mad Cow.

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