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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Texas Woman Dies from Mad Cow Like Disease

Houston Chronicle: Strange actions led to ominous diagnosis

Family puzzled until it was found Creutzfeldt-Jakob afflicted woman

ANGLETON - When Jones Creek housewife LaNeita Means started doing strange things like putting a cake mix — still in the box — in her oven and letting it catch on fire, her family thought she was going crazy.

Her final diagnosis was much more sinister. She had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare, always fatal condition that causes spongelike holes in the brain.

For more than a year and a half, her family watched helplessly as she lost her mind, became blind, suffered terrible tremors and loss of muscle control and finally curled up into a small ball, with her fingers and toes curled inward.

"We couldn't do anything," said her daughter, Sherry Means, 26. "Nobody could do anything. There's no treatment. I wouldn't wish this on anybody in the world."

It's a bad disease that earned an even more evil reputation during the last few years by being associated with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease.

Although humans can get a variant type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from eating infected beef, experts think it's unlikely that is how Means contracted the disease that took her life Jan. 14 at age 57.

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Hard Comment: Regarding the last paragraph on this thread, 'Experts think its unlikely...', I have to ask, are these Experts who work for the 'Beef Industry'?

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