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The health ministry plans to provide 250,000 yen to subsidize each autopsy of a person suspected to dying from sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease to confirm whether they died from that or variant CJD, which is linked to mad cow disease, officials said Saturday.

An autopsy is necessary to distinguish sporadic CJD from variant CJD, which is linked to exposure, probably through eating, to cattle infected with mad cow disease, to curb the spread of the disease, the officials said.

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