The human variant of the brain-wasting 'mad cow' disease claimed a second victim in Italy after a 44-year-old woman died in hospital in the northwestern port city of Livorno, the local health authority reported on Thursday.
The health authority said the 44-year-old Livorno woman died on Wednesday and was admitted to a city hospice in July in the final stages of her battle against variant Creut
zfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), commonly known as 'mad cow' disease.
There is there is no known cure for vCJD.
Italy's first case, a Sicilian woman, died in 2002, a year after she contracted the disease.
VCJD is the human form of the fatal brain-wasting illness first identified in cattle - BSE or bovine spongiform encephalopathy. A total of 275 people have been infected with the disease over the past decade, 170 in Britain, the worst-affected country, 56 in Israel, and 25 in France...
Source: newsroom - meattradenewsdaily.co.uk
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