CDC: Texas Patient Died of Mad Cow-Related Disease

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA - DECEMBER 26:  Packaged beef is seen for sale in a refrigerator at Wilson's Blue Ribbon Meats December 26, 2003 in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. Authorities announced that they have quarantined the offspring of a cow that tested positive for mad cow disease. The Bush administration has said that the nations food supply is safe.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

CDC: Texas Patient Died of Mad Cow-Related Disease

Fourth person in the U.S. to die from this beef-related rare brain disorder.

Published June 6, 2014

Health officials say a Texas patient is the fourth person in the United States to die of a rare brain disorder that is believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a statement that recent laboratory tests confirmed a diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the patient.

The CDC says that in each of the three previous U.S. cases, infection likely occurred outside the U.S. And the center says the Texas patient's history included extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East and suggests the infection occurred outside the country.

The CDC says that worldwide more than 229 variant CJD patients have been reported, with a majority of them in the United Kingdom and France.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says there are no state public health concerns or threats associated with the case. The CDC and DSHS are investigating.

The CDC says there is no known treatment for the disease and it is invariably fatal.

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Written by The Associated Press

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