- A man from the Carbondale Area thinks he may finally
have an explaination for why his father died 7-years ago. John Muscica
was 52-years old and had C-J-D, the human form of Mad Cow Disease. No knew
how he got the deadly brain disease, but he was an avid hunter and now
they think that's a clue. A picture of John Mustica, shows a vibrant man,
who worked hard at his Blueberry Hill Farm in Fell Township.
- Eileen Mustica, John's wife, "He liked to hunt -but
he was a hard worker, constantly worked never sick in his life. That was
the first time he ever entered into the hospital." John Mustica was
diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. A deadly brain disease linked
to eating cattle with Mad Cow Disease in Great Britian. But how did he
get it? He'd never traveled there. Now recent reports of Mad Deer and Elk
Disease in Wyoming and Colorado got his son's attention. John Mustica,Son,
"He was out there for five days back in - I think it was 1980 and
they ate mule deer for five days when they were out there."
- His mother doesn't agree. Eileen Mustica, "I myself
don't believe that, my son believes it. I don't, because a lot of other
people died of CJD that they got in contact with me, reading articles in
the newspaper. Their wife or mother or father or uncle did not go on a
- Since John Mustica's death in 1994, his family has not
stopped looking for answers. They even donated their father's tissue for
research. Research shows the disease can take years to develop. But once
infected nothing can stop it...
- Eileen Mustica, "He was in the hospital for one
week took him home and he just deteriorated so fast, unbelievable. "
The Musticas now share what they've learned about the deadly brain disease
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