- Health officials
say they are investigating a possible
link between the deaths of two
men from the human form of mad cow disease
who lived within 250 yards
of each other.
- Steven Lunt, 34, of Adswood, Stockport, died in April
from variant CJD.
- Experts are expected to confirm that Paul Dickens, 28,
Adswood, was another victim of vCJD after he displayed symptoms
disease before his death two weeks ago.
- Dr David Baxter, consultant in
communicable disease control
for Stockport Health Authority, says a
preliminary investigation is already
- He says once Mr Dickens's case
is confirmed a team of
experts will travel to the area to investigate a
- Investigations are currently under way into a cluster
CJD deaths in the village of Queniborough, near Leicester, and
three cases in the Doncaster mining village of Armthorpe.
- Dr Baxter said:
"Strictly speaking we have one confirmed
case of CJD so far, but I
am expecting to have results of tests in Mr Dickens'
case within the
next two weeks.
- "The health authority has undertaken a very preliminary
investigation using the same methods as the Leicester and Doncaster
looking at possible links between the two men.
- "We have been
looking at things like local butcher
shops and particular practices,
but so far have not discovered any link.
- "If the second case has
been confirmed, a team from
the CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh and
the Communicable Disease Surveillance
Centre in London will come to
Stockport for a full investigation."
- Dr Baxter has confirmed Mr Lunt
and Mr Dickens lived
250 to 300 yards apart, but he has refused to
reveal their addresses.
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