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A possible vCJD epidemy in UK

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posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 07:45 AM
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A study warns about Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease epidemy in UK because many might be infected by vCJD prions without knowing it.

A “significant number” of people in the UK may be harbouring vCJD with no clinical symptoms, reveals the study of a new case. The work suggests the epidemic of the human form of mad cow disease may be far from over.

From New Scientist

[edit on 6/8/04 by gravitron]




posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 07:50 AM
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I'm not convinced it's an epidemic, as I recall only 150 people have contracted vCJD, which is hardly an epidemic within a population of 60 million.

I believe there have been 2 cases where the internal organs have been affected but not the brain, which is a relatively new find, but once again, epidemic, I think not.



posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 07:59 AM
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The article says that 50% of UK's population might be in danger of being infected. And also the current number of infected is unknown because vCJD might have no symptoms in the beginning.



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