A 30-year-old British male living in Houston is believed to be the second victim of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, in the United States.
The victim moved to Houston in 2001 to work for Shell Oil after spending most of his life in Great Britain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to issue a report with more detail over the weekend.
The victim apparently alarmed relatives during phone calls home this year with changes in his personality. An MRI and examination resulted in the diagnosis of probable vCJD. According to his family, the victim has no history of risk factors such as surgery, blood transfusions or IV drug use during his time in Texas.
While it appears that he was exposed to the disease while living in the United Kingdom, he will be considered a U.S. victim for purposes of reporting the disease.