|Updated: 6/24/2008 10:48 am
||Published: 5/19/2008 9:46 pm
Randy and Dwight say doctors never encouraged an autopsy after their fathers died.
In the late 1990’s three hunters were reported as suspected victims. One man was from Miami. But those cases were never confirmed.
Deer or elk have tested positive for the disease in 11 states, including Oklahoma. In 1998, a herd of elk in Oklahoma County came down with disease but so far the state hasn't seen the problem with deer.
Experts have never proven people can get CJD by eating infected wild game but they believe it could happen.
The Surveillance Center in Ohio specializes in researching diseases like CJD. The center sends out a letter every year asking doctors to perform autopsies if they suspect CJD.
The center will pay for the autopsy and will even send a pathologist to perform it. But the CJD Foundation says the message is not getting through, even though the tissue samples are critical in the hopes of finding a cure.
Doctors at the Surveillance Center say if there is a proven case of Variant CJD, they’ll be the first to know about it.
Right now researchers are testing a suspicious tissue sample. It's an autopsy from a Virginia woman who died from CJD in April.
They believe hers could be the first confirmed case of Variant CJD in the U.S. It could take a couple months to complete the testing.