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Back To Vidyya First Case Of Congenital CJD Feared

Case Can Be Confirmed Only After Infant Dies

British doctors told the London, Sunday Telegraph that they believe a baby has been born with new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). An 11-month old girl, whose mother died earlier this year is exhibiting symptoms of the disease, according to a team of four specialist who examined the girl.

It appears the disease may have been transmitted in utero. The girl, who was 7 months old when her mother died, has brain damage and suffers from fits and convulsions, symptoms of the disease.

Unfortunately, the final determination of whether the child has vCJD can only be made with a postmortem examination if the child dies.

Confirmation of the child's case would be the first known episode of maternal-infant vCJD transmission. The latest government figures, released in August, showed that the number of "definite and probable" cases of the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) had risen to 79 from 77 in the previous month.

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