The first three paragraphs are taken from the book "Deadly Feasts" by Richard Rhodes.
"Dr. James Ironside is a pathologist with the British National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh. In September 1995, studying a brain cross section from the teenage boy who had recently died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Ironside found amyloid plaques so large that they looked under the microscope like chrysanthemum blooms. They weren't confined to the cerebellum, he determined, but spread throughout the brain. They stained for Prp (a protein). Unlike smaller plaques of ordinary CJD, these were surrounded by a zone of spongiform change--a destructive halo of holes."
"Ironside had never seen this unusual pattern of damage before, but he knew that sporadic CJD pathology varied widely from case to case. He was startled, then, when another case turned up almost immediately with identical pathology. He alerted the director of the Surveillance Unit, Dr. Robert Will. Will mobilized the Unit's staff. Staff members quickly turned up six more suspect cases in young people."
"At first Will and Ironside thought the youthfullness of the victims might be the reason for the similarities in their pathology. When the doctors checked the literature however, they learned that the few rare cases of CJD in people under thirty in Britain and Europe showed no such florid plaques widespread in the brain. Late in 1995, Surveillance Unit staff began traveling the country interviewing the victims' families to rule out Familial CJD or Iatrogenic CJD from growth hormone or surgery."
What do these paragraphs tell us? It is basically indicating that there was a transmission of BSE to humans. When these new findings were reported to the SEAC (Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee), immediately a group of scientists and physicians were appointed to advise the British government on BSE.
I found a quote from one of the victims' fathers to be included in the six uncovered cases. I wrote a paper on this subject back in '99 when it was much more recent, but it still has great impact on this thread.
Peter Hall, a twenty-year-old student, who was fond of hamburgers as a young teenager, died in February of 1996 from BSE; His father said,
"When BSE was first discovered I gave up Beef because I expected something like this might develop. But not in my wildest nightmares did I think it would strike down someone in our own family."
Robert Will would tell a London newspaper of these ten cases that "their brain tissue displayed a distinctive disease pattern closer to the damage inflicted on a cow's brain by BSE than the damage normal CJD inflicts on humans."
At a SEAC session on March 19, senior members of the British Cabinet tried to suppress any announcement OF THE NEW VARIANT FORM OF CJD, arguing that the scientists might be wrong. The Ceretary of State for Health, Stephen Dorrell, insisted that the public had to be told. On Wednesday, March 20, 1996, speaking in the House of Commons, Dorrell informed a STUNNED NATION that BSE HAD PROBABLY SPREAD TO HUMANS FROM EATING BEEF.
Wouldn't you know.