Texas man tested for mad cow disease
July 23, 2008
The brain of a Corpus Corpus man who died earlier this month was tested for a human form of mad cow disease, health officials said.
Annette Rodriguez, interim director of the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District, said the district was notified in early July by officials from a Corpus Christi hospital that a patient may have had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Results of a brain biopsy are expected in two months to confirm whether the man had the disease and if it is the variant linked to mad cow.
Rodriguez said it was not clear where the man, whose identity was not released, may have been exposed to the disease. She said the tests were being run out of state.