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12/06/2007 05:24 PM ID: 67006 Permalink   

Mad Pig Disease

 

Eleven Minnesota pork plant workers have been hospitalized with what is thought to be a neurological illness acquired from pig brains they are employed to remove at an Austin packing plant.

Symptoms include numbness and tingling in their arms and legs. Doctors characterize the disease's symptoms as being “consistent with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy”. Steroids and immunosuppressants are being used to treat it.

Only workers removing brains from hog heads are currently affected. Those workers are now being supplied with better protective clothing and are no longer using compressed air to remove the brains. Prions (mad cow disease) are not a suspected cause.

 
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  Squirrel's Brains Too  
 
It would appear that squirrel's brains are also a problem. Perhaps some parts are not edible?

http://query.nytimes.com/...
 
  by: David M Barger     12/06/2007 05:51 PM     
  I didnt think touching it was bad for you  
 
I thought it only affected you by consuming it.
 
  by: slavefortheman     12/06/2007 06:03 PM     
  BTW  
 
2 facts: Prions aren't living (you can burry it and 20 years later eat the dirt and get the mad cow)... and squirrels and goats have these prions but it doesn't mean they all die from it.

Mad cow disease was a man made problem. In Texas when they started using hormones on cattle so they could produce more milk, the cows started dying from it. In fact, their bones would break as they were standing there from calcium loss. Because cows have more than one stomach, they couldn't get the feed (proteins) to the proper place. So, they came up with a brilliant idea: burned meat could make it past the first stomach. Well, that brought on another great idea. Burnt meat: no bacteria, no virus could survive... so why not use any throw away meat. Road kill, destroyed animals, other cattle... it didn't matter what they died from. Great savings! Well, guess what: squirrels, possums, and diseased livestock were also used.

The truth about prions (amino acids) is that it is a molecular charge that causes them to bind to other proteins. Some people will assimilate this because of the current molecular charge of their proteins. In others, the molecular charge will disassemble the structure of their amino acids (hence holes in the brain). The tainted meat was in the market when the world claimed that they had solved the problem. In fact, there were still people dying from it, but only half that ate it were dying or getting brain degenerative disorders. Some have even implicated it alzheimers.

Starting this year scientists have started experimenting on pigs to study alzheimers disease. The first set of pigs engineered to be born with the disease were produced in june of this year:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/...

hmmm, i wonder!
 
  by: mexicanrevolution   12/06/2007 07:04 PM     
  @slavefortheman  
 
they are using pressurized air to remove the brain and therefore they are making microscopic aerosol out of the brain liquids which they then breath in.
 
  by: mexicanrevolution   12/06/2007 07:10 PM     
  @mexicanrevolution  
 
Thanks that clears it up for me. Plus I like your description above. Crazy what these people will do to save a buck... Guess the machine doesnt care how many people dies. As long as they profit from it first.
 
  by: slavefortheman     12/06/2007 07:21 PM     
  Sounds like  
 
Trichinosis, also called trichinellosis, or trichiniasis, is a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork and wild game infected with the larvae of a species of roundworm Trichinella spiralis, commonly called the trichina worm. The few cases in the United States are mostly the result of eating undercooked game, bear meat, or home reared pigs. It is most common in the developing world and where pigs are commonly fed raw garbage.

Trichinosis initially involves the intestines. Within 1-2 days of contagion, manifestations such as nausea, heartburn, dyspepsia, and diarrhea; the severity of symptoms depends on the number of worms ingested. Later on, as the worms encyst in different parts of the human body, other manifestations may occur, such as headache, fever, chills, cough, eye swelling, joint pain and muscle pain, petechiae, and itching.

Most symptoms subside within a few months. The most dangerous case is worms entering the central nervous system. They cannot survive there, but they may cause enough damage to produce serious neurological deficits (such as ataxia or respiratory paralysis), and even death. Infestation of the heart may also lead to death.

 
  by: Jediman3     12/06/2007 08:11 PM     
  @Jediman3  
 
"Five of the workers had symptoms consistent with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a condition characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory functions in legs and arms. It is treated with steroids and immunosuppressant drugs, according to the National Institutes of Health."

Ain't trich... blood test and biopsy would diagnose it without doubt!
 
  by: mexicanrevolution   12/06/2007 08:47 PM     
  well that's it; game over  
 
beef, poultry, eggs, fish now pork

There's nothing safe left to eat except fruit and cardboard.
 
  by: redstain   12/07/2007 03:15 AM     
  Eww filthy swine...  
 
n/t
 
  by: Zmethod     12/07/2007 05:32 AM     
  @redstain  
 
Don't be silly. E. Coli contaminated spinach and lettuce, the veggies and fruits aren't safe either.

Guess that leaves cardboard. However, since I know some of the chemicals used in the paper making process, I suspect that that isn't safe either.
 
  by: David M Barger     12/07/2007 03:08 PM     
  @David  
 
E.coli grows in the intestinal tract of animals. It becomes a contaminant when the farmer sprays the crops with untreated effluent or there is cross over in food preperation, eg a chief not washing their hands after the bathroom. So its still the animals and cardboard has many of the same risks.

Even if you eat artificial foods you can still die. There was a cult a few years ago that only ate synthetically prepared foods as a preparation for their travels on a space ship that was supposed to pick them up. There was something to do with a comet too... I can't remember, anyway, it was the only known case of induced vitamin E deficiency to a health human. The whole cult had all sorts of fat absorption issues, that contributed to them all going off the deep end together and wiping themselves out in a mass suicide. So there you go, nothing's safe and you might as well give up and drink the water in Deli.
 
  by: felixilef   12/10/2007 05:10 AM     
  There is  
 
an out break of this where i live. One mad pig put a parking ticket on my car, i was allowed to be there.
 
  by: philigs     12/12/2007 12:19 AM     
  ,.,.,.  
 
A lot of the problems with meat right now could be easily solved by better controls for the industry, but alas they would rather have their bad meat returned in volumes that ruin their company.
 
  by: splicer   12/16/2007 07:30 PM     
 
 
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