04 August 1997
21st death from new CJD strain
Susan Carey, 36, has been named as the 21st person to die from the new strain of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
She died in March, at her home, near Rochester, Kent. Confirmation of the diagnosis has just been made.
A key question under consideration is whether the infection could have occurred between 1985 and 1987. That was when her husband was a farm worker on the estate of Lord Brabourne, at Mersham, near Ashford. Ashford is at the centre of one of the biggest clusters of bovine spongiform encephalopathy-related deaths in Britain.
Glasgows Southern General Hospital confirmed it had been treating 15-year-old Donna-Marie McGivern, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. Infection can only be confirmed after death.