By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (INI/Fiocruz) informed through a note that the two patients from Rio de Janeiro who were suspected of having Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, known as mad cow disease, “are suspected of having the sporadic form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), considering clinical and radiological aspects”.
In the note, signed by the deputy director of Clinical Services at the Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Estevão Portela Nunes, the INI informs that this sporadic form is not related to meat consumption. “We reiterate that the patients are admitted to the Hospital Center for the Covid-19 Pandemic at the INI and that both cases do not have diagnostic confirmation.”
In the early afternoon, in another note, signed by the deputy director, the INI informed that it was evaluating the clinical situation of two patients with suspected Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy admitted to the Hospital Center for the Covid-19 Pandemic at the Fiocruz unit.
Official Note from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply:
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) clarifies that the cases of neurodegenerative diseases investigated by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), as reported in the press, are suspected of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).
Thus, the suspected cases are not related to beef consumption.
The highest incidence of the disease occurs sporadically and has an unknown infectious cause and source.
According to information available on the Ministry of Health website, between 2005 and 2014, 603 suspected cases of CJD were reported in Brazil. Since CJD surveillance was instituted in Brazil, no case of the vCJD form has been confirmed. vCJD is a variant of CJD associated with beef consumption.
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