A 44-year-old woman in the northwestern Italian city of Livorno died last Wednesday,
making her the second victim in Italy dying of “mad cow” disease.
Italy’s first case was a Sicilian woman who died in 2002 after being infected.
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) is the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Italy's 1st case, a Sicilian woman, died in 2002, a year after she contracted the disease.
As of the end of 2010 Italy has had four cases of vCJD. The Italian health minister and health
authorities state that vCJD patients can’t infect those around them.