Risk to human populations is remote

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7037.1038c (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1038
  1. Stuart Neilson
  1. Director of medical information systems Centre for the Study of Health, Sickness, and Disablement, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH

    EDITOR,—Many commentaries on bovine spongiform encephalopathy have focused concern on recent unusual cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an apparently important increase in the incidence of the disease, and statistical accretions in particular age and occupational groups. A link between the two disease raises the possibility (even if not the probability) of risk to large numbers of people.1 Indeed, the standardised mortality ratios for deaths due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease reported to the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys during the 15 years 1979-93 show a significant excess in 1992 (χ …

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