- 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
- 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.