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Mad Cow Disease

February 9, 2012 by staff 

Mad Cow Disease, Yikes. So, a 59-year-old San Rafael woman died in recent weeks of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a.k.a. mad-cow disease, and a second woman in Marin County has been diagnosed with it. According to ABC 7, there is no known connection between the two women, however cases of the disease have been so rare that the proximity of two cases like this is cause for some intrigue, if not panic just yet.

So far it’s all conjecture when it comes to finding the source of the first victim’s infection. The woman, Aline Shaw, lived in England in 1990 when the last real epidemic of the disease broke out there.

There have only ever been three known cases of mad-cow in humans in the United States, and in all three cases the victims were thought to have

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