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... for the interview towards the end of the programme.
Joe Crowley's (the presenter's) filming diary...
For me and friends of my age, Mad Cow Disease seems like a distant nightmare - something that haunted us on the news as we grew up.
But this Inside Out programme has made me think again and, sadly, given the disease a painful new relevance.
It's about a young guy like me, starting out on a career in the media, when he was struck down by the human form of the disease.
And it's a story of his mother's (Christine Lord) relentless search for answers, as she tries to find out who killed her son (Andrew Black).
Further informarion on variant CJD
Inside Out looks at the rise of Variant CJD, the symptoms and the support available for those caring for or mourning the loss of loved ones from the disease.
Variant CJD is a form of transmissible dementia and differs from other forms of CJD.
It has received a lot of media attention over recent years, but has been around for much longer.
CJD is first recognised by two German neurologists Creuzfeldt and Jakob, the namesakes of the disease.
It is a rare disease with an estimated UK occurrence of 30-50 cases per year.
Cow number 133 on Stent farm Sussex becomes the first confirmed victim of BSE the animal strain of CJD.
Cow 133 dies.
BSE is first formally identified by the Central Veterinary Laboratory.
The Government establishes the Southwood committee to look into BSE. It concludes that BSE is probably spread in animal feed.
Chief Medical Officer says beef is safe to eat.
100,000th case of BSE in Britain.
First death from Variant CJD.
Government announces suspected link between BSE and the human equivalent CJD . The EU announces worldwide export ban on all British beef.
A public inquiry into the origin and spread of BSE and CJD opens in London.
Claire Mcvey, age 15, dies of Variant CJD.
92 deaths in Britain to date from definite Variant CJD . 22 deaths from probable Variant CJD.
Although symptoms are diverse across patients, a number of similarities have been found when sufferers' brain were examined under a microscope.
According to the Crentzfelt-Jakob Support Network, most had lost nerve cells in the brain leading to a spongy appearance.
There are many symptoms of Variant CJD, which can broadly be split into two categories...
Unsteadiness on feet
Development of uncontrollable jerky movements
Progressive stiffness of the limbs
The progressive loss of mental abilities
Loss of awareness of surroundings
The incubation period for the disease is years rather than weeks or months.
Therefore, the symptoms get progressively worse over time.
According to the Crentzfelt-Jakob Support Network, most people with CJD die within six months.
But in about 10 per cent of cases it can last between two and five years.
At present, there is no known cure for CJD despite considerable, ongoing research.
There are some medicines which make the last few weeks easier for sufferers.
Source of information:http://www.bbc.co.uk/inside...