Rise in CJD is not a true increase

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:383

The rise in the number of cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is more likely to reflect increased awareness among healthcare professionals than a true rise in the number of new cases, according to Austrian researchers.

Although the incidence of CJD cases reached a peak in the United Kingdom in 1994, with 59 definite or probable deaths reported to the CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh, the UK figure remained only 62% of the number of cases confirmed by …

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