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Many more people could still die from mad cow disease

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Many more people could still die from mad cow disease

It’s finally happened. Until now, vCJD – the deadly disease caused by infection with BSE, or “mad cow disease” – has struck only people with a certain genetic makeup. Now, for the first time, researchers have confirmed a case in someone with different genes – a finding that could mean we have been misdiagnosing a new wave of cases. In late 2014, a 36-year-old man in the UK started developing aggressive personality changes, memory loss and problems walking. The symptoms and brain scans were typical of ordinary CJD, a rare disease of elderly people not linked to BSE. But because...

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