The likelihood of a large number of future cases of vCJD remains small claim researchers from Imperial College London.
According to research published today in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team believe there will be around 70 future cases of vCJD arising from the consumption of BSE-infected beef. At most this could rise to a total of around 600 deaths, although the researchers feel this is unlikely.
This work follows on from a study in 2003 at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, which looked at tissue from appendectomies. The researchers found a higher prevalence of vCJD than expected from clinical data alone, indicating that around 3,800 individuals in the UK could test positive.
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