13 October 1995

Brain disease normal

UK CASES of the human brain disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob are at similar levels to those in other countries, a report from the CJD surveillance unit shows.

Last year the number of CJD cases in the UK rose from 42 to 55. But experts say it remains at a similar rate to other countries worldwide. A study has shown some "statistical associations" between CJD cases and various meat products. But no causal link has been found.

The governments chief medical officer said he was still satisfied that there is no link between meat eating and CJD.

But CJD has a long incubation period and "it is important that unit continues its careful surveillance for some years to come".