News last update:7 Aug 2012

Third Dutch person dies from Creutzfeld-Jakob

A third person has died in the Netherlands from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of BSE, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said.

The RIVM said late on Monday the patient died at the beginning of January and investigations were underway to assess whether other people could have been infected, although the chances were small.

Two other deaths from the human form of the disease were confirmed in the Netherlands in 2005 and 2006.

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