Dutch report 3rd death from human form of mad cow
Source of Article: http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUKTRE5121GK20090203
Tue Feb 3, 2009 7:57am GMT
The RIVM said late on Monday the patient died at the beginning of January and investigations were underway to assess whether other people could have been infected, although the chances were small.
Two other deaths from the human form of the disease
were confirmed in the
Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is a fatal brain disease in cattle, and it is believed humans can contract a fatal variation of it by eating infected parts of animals suffering from the disease.
It first emerged in
The European Union banned the use of animal and bone meal in animal feed in 2001 in order to prevent the spread of mad cow disease and vCJD.
(Reporting by Catherine Hornby)
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