The New York Times reported on Feb. 17 that researchers in Italy have
discovered a new strain of Mad Cow Disease that could be responsible for
infecting hundreds of Americans and Europeans with a fatal brain wasting
disease called "sporadic CJD" or Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. U.S.
Government scientists and the beef industry have previously admitted
that 300 Americans are dying every year of so-called "sporadic CJD," but
have denied that these cases, and hundreds like them in Europe, are
caused by eating infected meat products.
Dr. Pierluigi Gambetti,
director of the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center,
said the discovery of a new strain of Mad Cow Disease closely resembling
sporadic CJD in humans underlines the need for more stringent testing of
cattle in North America for Mad Cow Disease.
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