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  • The Houston Chronicle reports that the family of a woman from Beaumont, Texas, is waiting to find out if she died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is the human variant of mad cow disease. And, if she did die from this malady, the family hopes to find out if she contracted it by eating infected beef.

    The Chronicle reports, “There are two forms of the disease. One type is called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and is linked to mad cow disease. It can be contracted by humans if they eat infected beef or nerve tissue, and possibly through blood transfusions. The more common type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, known as classic CJD, is responsible for about one in 10,000 U.S. deaths each year, and its cause is unknown 85 percent of the time.”

  • President George W. Bush made a commitment over the weekend to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin that he would reopen US borders to Canadian live cattle imports. The border was closed after a case of mad cow disease was found north of the border.

    The process could take four-to-six months.

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