GENTECH archive 8.96-97
CJD from squirrel brains
In the United States, doctors in Kentucky have revealed a number of cases
where people have contracted Creuzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) by eating
Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, doctors say five CJD patients
who have since died, had a history of eating the brains of squirrels.
The three men and two women, aged from 56 to 78, came from a country
area in Kentucky where people were in the habit of scrambling squirrel
brains with eggs.
On other occasions they put the brains in a meat and vegetable stew called
The research team led by Dr Joseph Berger, from the University of
Kentucky, says larger studies are needed to confirm the observations.
But he warns that in the meantime, there should be caution about eating
the arboreal rodent.