- An investigation was under way yesterday into the possibility
that a baby girl may have contracted the human form of mad cow disease
from her mother.
- A department of health spokesman confirmed that tests
were being carried out and that the possibility of maternal transmission
of new-variant CJD was being investigated.
- It is understood the baby girl, who has been ill since
birth last year, is being treated in a Midlands hospital with her mother,
who has been confirmed as suffering from new-variant CJD.
- The passing of new-variant CJD from mother to baby was
previously thought to be very unlikely.
- The spokesman said: "We understand that all the
necessary investigations are under way by the NHS trust involved and the
- It was reported late last month that a 24-year-old mother
of a young baby was in a serious condition in Walsgrave hospital, Coventry,
suffering from a suspected case of new variant CJD.
- The hospital added that the woman's daughter, aged three
months at the time, was also seriously ill, but that it was not thought
the child had the same illness.
- Hospital staff would not comment yesterday on whether
the cases were linked.
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