Cruetzfeldt-Jacob's Disease - (12/1/98)
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Cruetzfeldt-Jacob's Disease

(12/1/98)

Another Utahn has fallen victim to a malady related to the infamous Mad Cow disease. But much rarer than Mad Cow Disease, cases of Cruetzfeldt-Jacob's Disease show up only one to one-point-five times a year among a million people.

Utah averages about two cases per year. But there have been seven cases this year. Science Specialist Ed Yeates has the story of the latest victim, who has only a little while to live.

Tracy McEwen celebrated an early anniversary with her husband Doug last night because he won't be around in March for the real date. He's dying of Cruetzfeldt-Jacob's Disease - a cruel mutation which literally eats away the brain. At his family's home in Kaysville, his condition is rapidly deteriorating.

Tracy McEwan: "The ultimate will be when he eventually can't swallow anymore and then he will just dehydrate and probably they say what will happpen is that he will just go into a coma and just pass away."

Like others who have died this year, State Health says the McEwen case is a sporadic incident with NO known cause. It's NOT related to beef contamination in Great Britain or in this country - or to samples of a similar wasting disease found in deer and elk in Colorado and South Dakota.

The deterioration in the brain begins with a mutated protein called a preon. The disease is not highly contagious, but just a few molecules of the mutation in a normal brain starts the process. Doug graduated from college two years ago. Now he can hardly express himself.

Doug McEwen: "But it's hard..it's hard to a..to a..(points to head)."

Tracy will not put Doug in a nursing home or an extended care facility. She wants him here at home with the family right up until the end.

Tracy: "The biggest one for me I guess is that he is not going to know who I am anymore. And he won't know who the girls are most likely."

Because CJD is higher than normal in Utah this year and Doug is a younger than normal victim, the health department will investigate. State Epidemiologist Craig Nichols says like other illness clusterings, this too is probably a statistical anomaly. But he's asking the Centers for Disease Control to look at the numbers.

The disease has also had a devasatating effect on the McEwan family's finances -- Doug resigned from his job and lost all insurance benefits during the earlier stages of the disease.
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Cruetzfeldt-Jacob's Disease (December 2, 1998)
http://web.ksl.com/dump/tv/stories/Dec98/file02151630.htm

Another Utahn has fallen victim to a malady related to the infamous Mad Cow disease. But much rarer than Mad Cow Disease, cases of Cruetzfeldt-Jacob's Disease show up only one to one-point-five times a year among a million people. Utah averages about two cases per year. But there have been seven cases this year. Science Specialist Ed Yeates has the story of the latest victim, who has only a little while to live.

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