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Human form of ‘mad cow’ disease detectable in skin: study

MIAMI: Abnormal proteins involved in the brain-destroying Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human form of "mad cow" disease, are detectable in the skin, researchers said Wednesday, raising new concerns about transmission. It is highly unlikely that the fast-moving and fatal disease could be spread by casual contact, since the prions in the skin are at levels 1,000-100,000 times lower than in the brain, said the report in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Rather, researchers said the discovery means CJD could…