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Resource ID: #18897
Subject: Diseases
Source: KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.)
Date: May 17



KY3 reports on the reluctance of Missouri hospitals to perform an autopsy of the corpse of Delmer Middleton, a resident of Lawrence county, MO, who died of Creuzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Although Middletown family suspected this was a case of mad cow disease in its human version, known as the new variant of CJD, doctors refused to examine the body because it would have been too dangerous for themselves. As mutated proteins typical for the mad cow disease cannot be destroyed by conventional sterilization, an autopsy would mean destroying some hospital equipment as well. The investigative team points out that the findings "raise serious questions about the effectiveness of mad cow disease surveillance in America."

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