Rate of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in farmers is not significant

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7056.562b (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:562
  1. Douglas R O Morrison, Research scientist CERN
  1. European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland

    EDITOR,—After the death of four farmers from sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease Gore concluded that the probability of this occurring by chance was less than 1 in 10 000.1. Recently Will et al reported 10 cases of a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (two of the patients were still alive).2 While bovine spongiform encephalopathy could not be proved to be responsible for these cases, it was considered to be the most plausible explanation. It might therefore be concluded that bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been responsible for two …

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