Neurologist Abelardo Araujo, of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Evandro Chagas, confirmed to UOL News who – which One of two patients hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) suspected of mad cow disease He tested positive for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) – a neurodegenerative disorder with symptoms similar to the disease that also affects cattle.
yesterday , The Vuecruz Foundation (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation) announced that it is monitoring two suspected cases of mad cow disease. Both patients are hospitalized at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Evandro Chagas, Viecruz, in Rio.
However, at the end of the day, the Foundation reported, in fact, that The cases were not linked to BSE, but were investigated as suspected CJD.
Neurologist Evandro Chagas said that a test today confirmed that one of the patients had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The results for the other person in the hospital have yet to come out.
“We have had two patients suspected of having a degenerative disease, which is not mad cow disease, as this is as the name suggests is a veterinary disease of cows and bulls,” the doctor said in an interview. UOL News.
“[Os casos eram suspeitos] of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – a rapidly progressing disease, which causes degeneration of gray matter in the brain which unfortunately leads to a fatal outcome,” the expert continued.
“Patients were referred to us for testing almost simultaneously, and one of them had just received a result confirming this diagnosis [de DCJ]. The other one is still waiting,” Araujo said.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
Neurologist Abelardo Araujo has confirmed that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is not the same disease known as mad cow disease and has nothing to do with beef consumption.
Clarify a point [esse caso confirmado] This is not mad cow disease. It’s Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a sporadic form, which is an extremely rare neurodegenerative disease.”
The doctor explained that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has an incidence rate of 1 case per million and may eventually occur in the general population without anything related to eating beef.
“[DCJ] It has nothing to do with the consumption of beef infected with BSE. He noted that these are different things.”
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