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
 squirrel brains.

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.