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Originally posted by ktprktpr
This is a scandal Gryffen. Why wouldn't the gov't let testing occur!?
""When we originally got the money we wanted to look at 20 CJD suspects and since then 35 people have died," he said. "
vCJD is a rare disease. But the frequency of meat increases your chances of developing it. So if severely cut down on your meat you may save yourself. I would recomend eating seafood to replace that steak.
The CJD Incidents Panel says about 4,000 in the UK, mostly haemophiliacs, are thought to be at risk.
The patients may have received blood products, such as clotting agents, from donors who subsequently developed vCJD.
In total, 6,000 letters are to be sent out informing patients of the risk assessment - although only two thirds are being told they may be at direct risk.
Five countries were identified as part of last week's risk assessment which led to thousands of people receiving letters warning of individual risk.
The government has told the countries involved but will not name them, saying that is a matter for them to decide on.
But the Human BSE Foundation said the countries may be exporting the disease.
Last month, 4,000 patients in the UK were sent letters warning them they may have been exposed to vCJD through contaminated blood products.
The most high-profile form of the disease, vCJD, is a human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as 'mad-cow disease'.
Tissues that are classed as having a high or medium risk for CJD and vCJD include brain and spinal cord, the front and back of the eye and the inside of the nose.