vCJD carrier risk ‘overestimated’

There have been 168 definite or probable cases of vCJD in BritainThere have been 168 definite or probable cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) since 1995.

Previous calculations had suggested thousands of people could be incubating the disease.

But the new research, in the British Medical Journal, found no evidence of vCJD in 63,000 tonsil tissue samples.

The researchers said the results, reported in the British Medical Journal, were “reassuring”.

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