On March 3, 2014, a woman in Maine passed away from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. A mother of four children, she first became ill in November with a cough and vertigo. Her health deteriorated rapidly and doctors struggled to figure out what was wrong with her. By Christmas, she was in the hospital with stroke-like symptoms. She was ultimately diagnosed with the human version of Mad Cow Disease. It is not clear how she contracted the disease. An article reporting the incident may be found here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573759/Mother-four-American-six-months-die-human-version-Mad-Cow-Disease.html.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease,” can be transmitted to humans by eating food contaminated with the brain, spinal cord or digestive tract of infected carcasses, though the infectious agent can be found in nearly all tissues of the body. This issue is especially relevant to North Carolina citizens given the recent incident at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in which 18 patients were notified they were potentially exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Mad Cow Disease is known as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD or nvCJD).
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, it would be prudent to contact an attorney to discuss your options. Attorney Kevin J. Williams, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been fighting for the rights of his clients for over 17 years. If you have potentially been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, contact the Law Office of Kevin J. Williams, PLLC, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at (336)793-8459 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options. You may also use the contact form to send Kevin an e-mail.