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Deaths from nvCJD rise sharply

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:829
  1. Judy Jones
  1. MalmesburyWiltshire

    Deaths from new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD) rose to their highest ever reported quarterly total at the end of 1998. Nine deaths from the new variant form of the disease were reported to the National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh over that period, compared with two recorded for each of the previous three quarters.

    Scientists at the unit say that the “unusual” rise in the number of reported deaths should be interpreted with caution as it may reflect improvements in detecting …

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