Canadian health officials confirmed yesterday [Thursday] that the first Canadian has fallen victim to the human form of mad cow disease, known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (vCJD). They added that the affected Saskatchewan man, who died earlier this summer, is believed to have contracted the disease during multiple long-term stays in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, when he regularly ate processed meals. He became ill earlier this year, but vCJD was suspected in April. The diagnosis was confirmed this week with the results of tests conducted at the University of Toronto and in the UK.