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High vCJD rates in Scotland could be due to poor diet

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:590
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    The rate of contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been found to be twice as high in Scotland and the north of England as elsewhere in Britain, leading to speculation that poorer diets in these areas may be responsible for the increased risk.

    Professor James Ironside, the senior pathologist at the National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh, said that the more frequent consumption of cheap meat products such as pies and burgers in the north of Britain may explain the difference. …

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