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Agents of new variant CJD and BSE are identical

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7112.831 (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:831
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Two independent studies have confirmed that the new variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD) is caused by the same prion strain as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. This makes it highly likely that people who developed nvCJD contracted it by eating meat from cattle with BSE.

    In one of the studies Moira Bruce and colleagues from the Institute of Animal Health in Edinburgh injected mice with infectious brain samples from cows, patients with nvCJD, patients with sporadic CJD, …

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