SOUTH AFRICA: Man develops CJD after brain operation
Government sources have confirmed that a 27-year-old South Africa man has contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) after undergoing a brain operation to graft imported human tissue.
The case had caused much concern over how he had contracted the disease, and whether it was classic CJD or variant (v) CJD, the strain associated with mad cow disease.
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Friday however that the there are no public health risks or agriculture implications are associated with the case: "Based on the clinical grounds and other tests that have been done, the diagnosis in the Uitenhage patient is that of classical CJD and not new variant CJD."
This has now been confirmed with the results of tests carried out in the University of Edinburgh, which has a CJD surveillance centre.
The name of the man, who is critically ill in the country's Eastern Cape province, has not been released at the behest of his relatives.
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