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Sep 20, 2001

Sep 20, 2001

New prion assay suggests ophthalmic surgical instruments could transmit vCJD

(CIDRAP News) – A new immunoblot method for detecting prion protein related to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is much more sensitive than existing bioassay techniques, according to a recent report in The Lancet. The new assay revealed significant amounts of prion protein in the eye tissue of vCJD patients, prompting researchers to suggest that ophthalmic surgical instruments may pose a risk of transmitting the disease.

Dec 03, 2001

Dec 03, 2001

Study says risk of BSE in US is low, but USDA contemplates more precautions

(CIDRAP News) – A new study commissioned by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates that the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) occurring in the United States is extremely low, but USDA officials who released the study said they are considering taking steps to lower the risk further.

Feb 28, 2002

Feb 28, 2002

GAO says US barriers to mad cow disease are full of holes

Note: This story was updated March 1, 2002, to include additional information about recent federal actions to prevent mad cow disease.

Apr 19, 2002

Apr 19, 2002

British woman living in Florida has probable case of vCJD

(CIDRAP News) – A British woman living in Florida has what appears to be the first case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) reported in a US resident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 28, 2002

Jun 28, 2002

USDA to test 'advanced meat recovery' products for spinal cord tissue

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that it will begin using laboratory testing to ensure that beef products from mechanical "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems are free of spinal cord tissue.

Aug 09, 2002

Aug 09, 2002

Canada's first vCJD victim likely acquired disease in Britain, officials say

(CIDRAP News) – A Saskatchewan man who died earlier this summer was Canada's first victim of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), but he probably acquired the disease in the United Kingdom, Canadian health officials announced yesterday.

Nov 14, 2002

Nov 14, 2002

HHS to study whether chronic wasting disease threatens humans

Editor's note: This story was updated Nov 15 to include additional information from Food and Drug Administration officials.

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have announced plans to expand research on whether chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk poses a threat to humans and other species.

Jan 22, 2003

Jan 22, 2003

USDA reports increased efforts to prevent BSE

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it more than tripled the number of cattle it tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in fiscal year 2002 and is making progress on other regulatory steps to keep BSE out of the country.

Feb 20, 2003

Feb 20, 2003

CDC finds no CWD-CJD link in Wisconsin deaths

(CIDRAP News) – An investigation of the deaths of three men who had shared wild game feasts at a Wisconsin cabin revealed no evidence that the men's degenerative brain diseases were related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 05, 2003

Mar 05, 2003

USDA begins testing for spinal cord in mechanically separated beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture says it has begun routine sampling of beef from "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems to make sure it doesn't contain spinal cord tissue. AMR systems mechanically cut meat from carcasses without breaking bones.

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