Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.843 (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:843

Study so far provides no evidence for maternal and horizontal transmission

  1. H F Baker,
  2. R M Ridley
  1. Senior scientific officer Head of team MRC Comparative Cognition Team, Department of Experimental Psychology, School of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge CB3 0ES

    EDITOR,—R W Lacey admonishes us for failing “to provide any of the evidence supporting the occurrence of vertical and horizontal transmission of the infectious agent for bovine spongiform encephalopathy under farm conditions.”1 The data from commercial farms regarding the occurrence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the offspring of cows that themselves developed the disease can …

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