Expert: First case where two members of same family died from mad cow disease
The mother and son had similar eating habits and may have eaten animal brains
There have been four deaths in
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is believed to be the first case in the world where two members of the same
family have died from mad cow disease, said Juan Jose Badiola,
"It's noteworthy that there's a double case in the same family," Badiola said.
Until now, Badiola
added, clinical evidence that he's seen from the
The mother, in her early 60s, died last month. The government confirmed Wednesday that it was because of mad cow disease but did not, by custom, make her name public.
Her son, 41, died in February from the same disease, Badiola said.
The latest confirmed case makes a total of four
Three of these cases in
Ten years can pass between eating contaminated tissue and the appearance of the human form of the disease, called variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, health officials say.
The health ministry said there is no danger from
eating meat in
The steps to avoid the disease, taken after the
first cases of mad cow disease appeared in the
"The appearance of these sporadic cases is within the predictions that were made at the European level more than eight years ago," the ministry statement said.
Badiola said that it's likely the mother and son
contracted the disease before stricter controls against mad cow disease began
in 2001 in
The pair had similar eating habits, Badiola said, which included eating animal organs, such as kidneys and livers, and they may also have eaten animal brains.
Researchers will try to determine whether the mother and son shared a genetic structure that might have been more prone to contracting the illness, Badiola said.
The family's home was in a village near the
provincial capital of
The other case in that province was of a woman, 50, who was a local government worker in the provincial capital. She died in December from mad cow disease.
The first confirmed death from mad cow disease in
In addition to the cases in
Two of the three
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