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Post mortem will show if man died of 'mad cow disease'

HEALTH chiefs insisted last night that they had received no recent notification of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) -- despite reports that a middle-aged man had died of the lethal brain condition.

One form of CJD is commonly known as 'human mad cow disease'.

The man in question -- a UK national of Asian extraction, in his late 40s -- died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) last week. He had been undergoing treatment for several weeks for a neurological condition.

The man -- who worked in the transport sector -- had been living in the Cork area for the past decade and had married an Irish woman. The couple were raising their two children here.

He first complained of feeling unwell last year. Despite a battery of tests, his condition continued to deteriorate.

Amongst the symptoms he complained of was a slurring of speech and repeated bouts of dizziness and tiredness. He had been in a critical condition for the month before his death.

Yesterday, it was claimed by a family acquaintance that in the final stages of his illness, doctors began investigating whether his condition may have involved a form of CJD.

"We haven't had confirmation yet that it was CJD but he had been told that it was suspected CJD," one friend of the deceased said.

The results of a full post mortem are awaited.

However, the Health Service Executive stressed that it had not received any formal notification of a detection of CJD.

Irish Independent