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 May 13, 2005
Dutch Woman Diagnosed With Mad Cow
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A woman in the Dutch city of Utrecht has been diagnosed with the human form of mad cow disease, the nation's health ministry announced.

The National Health Inspectorate is investigating whether the illness, known in people as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), could have been transmitted to others, CNN reported.

The government has confirmed that the woman, whose identity was withheld, was not a blood or tissue donor, and did not receive donations from anyone else.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there have been about 155 confirmed and probable cases of vCJD worldwide among the hundreds of thousands of people who may have consumed beef products contaminated with mad cow disease. The one reported case of vCJD in the United States was a young woman who contracted the disease while living in England. She developed symptoms after moving to the United States, the FDA said.


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