Mad cow disease rising in U.K.
7/18/2000- British government scientists with the
Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee
(SEAC) announced that the incidence of the
deadly human form of mad cow disease in Britain
was increasing by a "statistically significant"
20 to 30% a year, according to a July 18
Reuters report. However, the scientists said
that it was too early to assess the long-term
trend on variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
(CJD). The committee said in a statement
late Monday that, "There are now 76
definite and probable cases, including seven
probables still alive. The number of cases
reported now indicated a statistically significant
rising trend of about 20% to 30% per annum."
Last month the government launched an urgent
inquiry into a cluster of CJD deaths around
the small village of Queniborough in the
central English county of Leicestershire.
Three of the four victims died within weeks
of each other and all lived within a close
radius. SEAC said the team investigating
the Leicestershire deaths was likely to report
within the next few months and could well
cast new light on the transmission of the