According to a poster presented at the recent IDWeek 2018, researchers from Rochester Regional Health present a diagnosis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) as the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease variant (vCJD), a series of five containing a relatively recent case of vCJD in connection with the consumption of squirrels.
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Obviously a 61-year-old contracted the rare and lethal prion disease due to eating squirrels.
First described in the United Kingdom in 1996, variant CJD is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder in humans. It is believed to be caused by the consumption of products from cows with the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow” disease).
Over 220 CJD patients have been reported, with a majority of them in the United Kingdom (177 cases) and France (27 cases). Only a handful of cases have been reported in the United States.