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Texas mad cow disease: Fourth death confirmed in U.S., no major health threat

A newly surfaced Texas mad cow disease case has been confirmed as the fourth verified human death caused by BSE — the scientific term for “mad cow” disease — here in the U.S. this week. At this time, very little information on the victim has been made available to the public, though the Texas Department of State Health Services wants to make it clear that there is no “imminent” health concern or major threat to residents’ overall safety . News Max reports this Thursday, June 5, 2014, that a belated autopsy on the afflicted individual was used to prove that a potentially fatal infection linked to BSE was present in the brain at the time of his or her death.

Texas mad cow: Fourth disease case confirmed in U.S.
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New autopsy results have yielded somewhat scary findings this week, as an unidentified victim in the southern U.S. state has been confirmed to be the fourth human death connected with a case of Texas mad cow disease. A majority of the important details, including that of the victim’s specific time or date of death, and even the gender — let alone the name — of the deceased individual have not been disclosed at this point by health authorities.

However, sources from My San Antonio have affirmed via the Texas Department of State Health Services that any possible threat is currently under control, and no serious health concern is deemed present at the moment. Prior to the media’s coverage of the buzz-worthy passing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were the first to formally declare that a confirmed mad cow disease death had been discovered in Texas recently.

National Geographic News share in their updated report that a new autopsy on a victim’s brain recently tested positive for a very rare variant of a detrimental condition, that of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, added the press release from the CDC. This major disease affects the brain and degenerates its nerve cell functions.

"The confirmation was made when laboratory results from an autopsy of the patient's brain tested positive for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease," says the memo on the proven finding. "First described in 1996 in the United Kingdom, variant CJD is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder found in humans. It is believed to be caused by consumption of products from cows with the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or 'mad cow' disease).”

Tragically, those afflicted with this form of CJD are killed by the fatal infection within a window period of one year to 14 months, concluded the agency. It is important to note that the Geographic believes through their sources that this Texas mad cow disease related death may not have necessarily been picked up here in the U.S. nation. Experts theorize at this time that the male or female victim might have become infected with the BSE strain while eating tainted meat overseas.

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