Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Have vCJD Deaths Peaked?

Well, the Daily Mail is reporting that some researchers think they have.
An examination of vCJD cases and deaths during the period January 1994 to December 2004 provided "statistically significant evidence that a peak in the incidence of vCJD has been passed".

However some experts have warned that there may be a surge in victim numbers at some later date.

People with different genetic profiles may experience different vCJD incubation periods, which could run into decades.

Many individuals infected with vCJD by eating contaminated meat in the 1980s may yet be due to develop symptoms, it is suggested. It is also possible they may die from other causes before the disease shows itself.