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MADRID (AFP) — Spanish health authorities said Wednesday they were looking
into the possibility that a woman who died last week at a hospital in
If laboratory tests confirm the 64-year-old had Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease (CJD), the human variant of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE) or mad cow disease, it will be the fourth death from the disease in
"We are currently carrying out tests at a laboratory in
Regional newspaper Diario de Leon said the woman
was the mother of the last person to die in
The health ministry and regional authorities could not confirm the parental link between the two.
More than 200 people around the world are suspected to have died, most of
Scientists believe the disease was caused by using infected parts of cattle to make feed for other cattle.
Authorities believe eating meat from infected animals can trigger the human variant of the fatal brain-wasting disease.
The 27-member EU, of which
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