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vCJD reporting in the press

4 February 2005~ The death from vCJD of a Japanese man is reported by the BBC "At least 140 people have died in recent years after eating meat contaminated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), most of them in Britain." says the article.
Elsewhere we read: "Since 1995, 147 people in the United Kingdom have died of vCJD from eating beef products such as calf brains that were diseased with BSE, according to the CJD surveillance unit in Edinburgh, Scotland..."
There may be a link. There also may not be a link. Evidence is not conclusive. The public's fear of beef, and in many cases too, fear of lamb and now goat meat has a global impact, resulting in trade barriers worth billions, repressive regulations at which our recent ancestors would have boggled - and huge research grants for the faithful. See also warmwell page on BSE/scrapie.

4 February 2005~ While many have now learned to be wary of what governments say and are beginning to dare to question scientists, few have learned to question their daily paper or the BBC.
Le Monde Diplomatique's January front page tells us of the press, "..dozens of regional newspapers.. bought by an arms manufacturer, Serge Dassault. Another arms manufacturer, Arnaud Lagardère, already owns the Hachette group.....if this decline in diversity continues, the independent press risks being controlled by a few industrialists - Bouygues, Dassault, Lagardere, Pinault, Arnault, Bolore and Bertelsmann..." There is also “blogging”..... popularity suggests that many readers prefer the subjectivity and partiality of the bloggers to the hypocritical and false objectivity and impartiality of major papers. .."

Japan checks possible case of human mad cow disease
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
A ministry official said a meeting of specialists was being held to investigate the possible case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (vCJD), which is always ...
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Japan confirms first case of human mad cow disease
Reuters India - Mumbai,India
The Health Ministry said in a statement that a man had died last December after contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). ...

Japan confirms human mad cow disease case
ABC Online - Australia
The Health Ministry says that a Japanese man has died after contracting variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (vCJD), a fatal brain disease. ...

Doctors warned of blood shortage
Femail - UK
... The price of blood has also been going up, partly due to fears about vCJD, said Dr Adrian Copplestone, consultant haematologist at Derriford Hospital in ...