Two deaths from Mad Cow disease in Castilla y León
Two people aged 26 and 50 years old have died from Mad Cow disease in Castilla y Leon making these the first deaths from Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease since 2005.
According to the Regional Health Authority for Castilla y León the most recent death happened at the beginning of 2008 and the other in December 2007 although there has been no confirmation of this by the Spanish government.
According to the regional government the two deaths do not signify an epidemic and the protocol established for deaths from Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease which is to notify central government and the appropriate European authority has been followed.
The information regarding the two deaths was released today. However, the exact location where the deaths took place has not been given.
The most recent victim was a young woman aged 26 years old while the other victim who passed away in December last year was aged 50.
It is believed that in both cases the disease had been caught years ago and specialists have stressed that these two deaths are no cause for alarm.