Editor’s Note: As the following news story indicates, deadly prion disease (known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in people, mad cow disease in cattle, and chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose) has struck four people simultaneously in British Columbia. Based on government risk models, such an event is impossible.
The facts and stories are changing rapidly as one might have predicted. All four people apparently lived in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver. Additional cases of prion disease have been investigated over the past few months in the same area, but explained away with typical anti-flac rhetoric.
In the most recent cases, Canadian authorities again are exhibiting their immediate bias to protect the food industries more than the millions of consumers. Unfortunately, these victims could have all been exposed to prions in many ways, but for the government to make such bold, blind statements that it isn’t beef and it isn’t food is again reckless.
For example, these four unlucky souls could have been exposed by drinking water, dental instruments, blood transfusions, eating utensils, workplace exposures, gel caps, growth hormones, collagen in lotions and cosmetics and the list goes on. But they could have been exposed by beef or dairy products. They could have been exposed via infected venison. Do they live near parks and pastures where biosolids from the sewage plant are applied?
In other words, government and industry alike have opened the doors on prion exposure to pathways way beyond beef and dairy products. This pattern either suggests incompetence, negligence or criminality. All answers are unacceptable.
As further proof of the mismanagement of prions, let’s ask what precautions have gone out to the families of these victims. Have they been advised that their homes are hopelessly contaminated with deadly prions? Eating utensils, cups, glasses, tooth brushes, sheets, pillow cases, toilets and more?
People are infectious way before they start stuttering and stumbling. If you follow this logic, the local sewer system that serves the homes and hospitals of these victims has now been exposed to deadly prions (if they weren’t already). Now, we know that everything discharged from this local sewer system(s) is contaminated and will hopelessly and permanently contaminate the parks and cropland where the sewage sludge (biosolids) is spread as “fertilizer.”
The next time that it rains or the irrigation system is turned on, prions are washed from the sludge and into the groundwater and surface water. The prions migrate into streams, ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans where they proceed to multiply (prions migrate, mutate and multiply. They kill everything in their path).
Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for identifying, naming and studying deadly prions. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the growing significance of his discovery. In June 2012, Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer’s disease is a prion disease like CJD and mad cow. In other words, every person with Alzheimer’s (and the rates are soaring) are contributing to this environmental contamination.
Furthermore, this is not the first apparent cluster to emerge of prion disease. Close to 20 people have died in one county in North Carolina in just the past few months. In Washington state, two former workers at a hospital came down with prion disease within days of each other and both passed away within weeks. Plus, Washington state leads the United States in rates of death from Alzheimer’s disease (almost double the national average). Ironically, Washington state and British Columbia share a border and the Fraser valley is not that far from the state line. Marin County California had a handful of cases near the same time. I’m sure there are others that deserve mentioning, but you get the point. Environmental factors are playing a role in the spread of prion disease in people, wildlife and livestock. (Prion disease is ravaging deer populations in places such as Wisconsin, Wyoming, Colorado and parts of Canada).
So, with the floodgates wide open on prion pathways, maybe that’s why the government is so confident that food is not the source of exposure. By this afternoon, the official story will likely indicate that these people just had the flu.
One of the largest outbreaks of human Mad Cow disease in decades has struck four people simultaneously near Vancouver, Canada. One person has already died and three others are in hospital with possible cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease east of Vancouver, the Fraser Health authority has confirmed.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the human variant of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, commonly called mad cow disease. But officials say they don’t believe these suspected cases are associated with eating beef, and say there is no risk associated with eating beef from the region.
B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall said the cases were diagnosed by neurologists on Friday, but none have been confirmed because complete diagnosis can only be made on death.
“Every indication is that if it is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease it would be the classic sporadic kind for which there is really no cause known,” said Kendall
He said B.C. gets between five and six cases reported a year, but what makes this situation unusual is to have so many cases reported at once.
Kendall said a beef-related outbreak in the U.K. between 1980 and 1996 caused about 250 cases of the human variant, but said he does not think it is related to beef in the B.C. cases.
“I would not worry about this being the beef-associated variant.”
Only two such cases have been reported in Canada — one in 2003 and one in 2011. Both cases are believed to have been contracted in the UK.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency runs a surveillance program which Kendall says has ensured that no suspect beef has made its way into the food supply.
“This is not going to be a food-borne cluster of cases.” (because they can’t afford for that to be the cause).