Butchers, farmers, and veterinarians in the United Kingdom (UK) can breathe a collective sigh of relief. A new study shows that deaths from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) have not increased among people in their occupations in the last two decades.
The study was conducted in response to suspicions that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) jumped from British cattle to humans as a new variant of CJD. Published in the April 17 BMJ, the study analyzed deaths in at-risk occupations in England and Wales from 1979 to 1996.
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