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Texas mad cow death: Fourth case in United States confirmed by CDC

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A death is being attributed in Texas to mad cow disease, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention via My San Antonio on Thursday. The Texas mad cow disease case is now the fourth confirmed case in humans in the United States.

At this point, the patient who died in the Texas mad cow case has not been identified. In fact, the CDC has not provided any specific information on this patient including gender, location or even the time of death. The details from the CDC did indicate that the person had traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe extensively, however.

In addition, officials indicate that they believe that the Texas mad cow patient had contracted the infection outside of the U.S. That is believed to have been the case in the previous three confirmed U.S. cases as well. The Texas DSHS says, “there are no Texas public health concerns or threats associated with this case.”

Mad cow disease, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), first gained international attention after the 1980's outbreak in Great Britain. The disease is fatal, and more than 220 cases have been reported in people worldwide. The CDC report indicates that in the previous three U.S. cases, one patient was believed to have been infected in Saudi Arabia while the other two were apparently infected in the United Kingdom.

The CDC and DSHS continue to investigate this Texas mad cow disease case to try to determine where the patient was infected and confirm that there is indeed no threat here in the United States.

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