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Cases similar to mad cow disease in Brazil not linked to beef consumption, may be caused by vaccines

Brazil recently saw cases of neurodegenerative disorder similar to mad cow disease, but authorities clarified that these cases had nothing to do with beef consumption.

On Nov. 11, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) confirmed two cases of suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in Rio de Janeiro. The ministry said both cases had “no relation with consumption of beef or sub-products contaminated with bovine spongiform encephalitis, known as ‘mad cow’ disease.”

Prior to MAPA’s confirmation, health authorities in Rio De Janeiro said the Fiocruz public health institute had already flagged two cases of “prion disease.” They added that the two cases found in the city’s suburbs had already been referred to state health authorities.

CJD is the most common form of prion disease in human beings, occurring spontaneously in elderly patients. Younger patients can develop CJD by eating contaminated beef or having contact with contaminated livestock feed.

Back in September, the country identified two cases of so-called “atypical” mad cow disease in animals. MAPA said at the time that the cases happened spontaneously, adding that both were unrelated to contaminated livestock feed. MAPA confirmed on Sept. 4 that the cases originated from meat plants in the states of Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais.

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