"We would like to see the Government exercise its authority over the Department of Health which should either be persuaded to contribute money from its own budget to finance the continuation of the OTM cull or exercise a sense of proportion and agree that the continued spending of such vast sums against the infinitesimal risk of nvCJD
from older beef cannot be justified."
He was diagnosed with new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD
) five months ago.
The latest research on the human form of the disease, nvCJD
, published three weeks ago, failed to find any link with the consumption of infected beef."
In Europe, a new variant of CJD (nvCJD
) has affected close to 100 people since 1986, and most experts believe that this is a human form of B SE that is transmitted to humans who consume meat or products from B SE-infected cattle.
Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is believed to spread by people eating infected beef, There is no proof it or its human counterpart, new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD
), spreads through blood.
A Royal Infirmary spokeswoman said: "Surgeons are discussing with patients the relative risks associated with nvCJD
balanced against more immediate health concerns the surgery is designed to address."
At the time of this writing, the 13 countries of the European Union are in the biggest uproar since the link between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow disease") and a new variant of CreutzfeldtJakob disease (nvCJD
) was admitted by the U.K.
Screening blood donations for new variant Creutzfeldt Jacob disease (nvCJD
)--the human form of mad cow disease--when a suitable test becomes available might drive away potential blood donors, suggests the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, according to a recent issue of Clinica.
It is believed the Baroness is suffering from "sporadic CJD", a different form to new variant CJD (nvCJD
Removal of SRMs is the single biggest contribution that can be made to reducing the risk to humans from BSE, and thereby reducing the possibility of human infection by the new variant of the Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (nvCJD
).Removal of SRMs according to risk areas.The proposed approach would oblige all Member States to remove certain risk materials - a long list in the UK and Portugal and a short list in all other Member States.
To date nvCJD
is known to have claimed 52 victims in the UK, but whether or not many more people will succumb depends on the length of its incubation period.
New variant CJD (nvCJD
) is thought to be caused by eating beef infected with the cattle disease Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
The first human cases of nvCJD
appeared in 1995, with onset dates from February 1994 (2) (Table).
It is believed that BSE has spread to humans with 21 or more new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD
) cases in England primarily among the young.
After a decade of denial, the British government had just reversed itself a month earlier by announcing that people are dying in growing numbers from mad cow disease, called new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (nvCJD
) in humans.