- A young woman from Cheshire was named yesterday as the
latest probable victim of variant CJD, the human form of BSE.
- Kirsty Garven, 20, from the farming village of Waverton,
near Chester, died two weeks ago after 14 months of the fatal brain illness
which left her unable to eat, speak or walk.
- Her parents, Alex, 59, and Jenny, 53, attacked politicians
yesterday for not doing more to protect the public. Mrs Garven said: "It's
greed and profit. That's why we cannot let them get away with it."
- She recalled the image of John Gummer, then Agriculture
Minister, feeding his daughter a burger in front of television cameras
to persuade people that beef was safe. "I would like to say, 'Excuse
me, would you come and see this? This is what it has done to my child.'
I cry every day when I think about her," she said.
- The couple have no idea how Miss Garven contracted the
disease and did not tell her that she had it. For the last seven months
of her life she needed 24-hour care. Mrs Garven said: "By the end
she was a skeleton. We were watching our child fade away."
- Experts in vCJD at the Edinburgh surveillance centre
are carrying out tests to confirm that Miss Garven was a victim of the
disease. News of the death comes after concern from scientists that cases
- 69 deaths so far and seven probable cases, including Miss Garven - are
to rise by up to 30 per cent a year. Professor Peter Smith, acting chairman
of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee, which advises the
Government, said this week that he believes that thousands could die from
the disease, but he did not believe it would become an epidemic. Normal
beef exports from Northern Ireland to the Continent could resume "within
weeks" as a result of the low incidence of BSE in the Province, David
Byrne, the EC Food Safety Commissioner, said yesterday.
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