Italy: Doctors confirm case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob

September 28, 2002 Ottawa Citizen
A 25-year-old woman has been confirmed as Italy's first victim of the human form of mad cow disease, according to research published yesterday. The woman, who lives in Sicily, was hospitalized in November after suffering for six months with pain in her back and legs, a progressive disturbance in her walking and unpleasant sensations when her skin was touched, said the report in The Lancet medical journal. Experts believe variant CJD comes from eating products from cows infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The ailing woman in Sicily has never travelled to Britain or any other country with reported cases of mad cow disease.

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