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Brazil investigates 2 suspected human cases of mad cow disease

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Municipal Health Office of Rio de Janeiro received from the National Institute of Infectology Evandro Chagas, of Fiocruz, the notification of two suspected cases of prion disease, which in rare situations would be associated with the consumption of beef contaminated by Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease".

According to a note from the municipal agency, the notifications about the suspicions were forwarded to the State Health Secretariat for active development.

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