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Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

05 August 1997
Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

DAVID HINCHCLIFFE, chairman of the Commons health committee, has called for a full judicial inquiry into alleged connections between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

He is alarmed about a cluster in Kent where there have been six deaths from the new variant of CJD, which has been linked to eating infected beef.

The Department of Health announced there were 21 cases of the new strain confirmed last month. Of those, 20 people were dead and one was in a coma.

The National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh confirmed five new cases over the three months to May. There had been no new cases the previous three months.

The Royal Society quoted a variety of laboratory experiments supporting the case that the new CJD variant is the human manifestation of BSE.

Mandy Minto, 27, of Grangetown, Sunderland, a former European judo champion, is believed to be the latest victim. A 15-year-old schoolgirl, Donna-Marie McGivern, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, may also have the strain.

  • Financial Times 05/08/97 page 7
  • The Times 05/08/97 page 6
  • The Guardian 05/08/97 page 8
  • The Independent 05/08/97 page 3
  • The Daily Telegraph 05/08/97 page 8

  • 21st death from new CJD strain – FWi, yesterday

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    Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

    05 August 1997
    Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

    DAVID HINCHCLIFFE, chairman of the Commons health committee, has called for a full judicial inquiry into alleged connections between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

    He is alarmed about a cluster in Kent where there have been six deaths from the new variant of CJD, which has been linked to eating infected beef.

    The Department of Health announced there were 21 deaths from the new strain confirmed last month. Of those 20 were dead and one was in a coma.

    The National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh confirmed five new cases over the three months to May. There had been no new cases the previous three months.

    The Royal Society quoted a variety of laboratory experiments supporting the case that the new CJD variant is the human manifestation of BSE.

    Mandy Minto, 27, of Grangetown, Sunderland, a former European judo champion, is believed to be the latest victim. A 15-year-old schoolgirl, Donna-Marie McGivern, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, may also have the strain.

  • Financial Times 05/08/97 page 7
  • The Times 05/08/97 page 6
  • The Guardian 05/08/97 page 8
  • The Independent 05/08/97 page 3
  • The Daily Telegraph 05/08/97 page 8

  • 21st death from new CJD strain – FWi, yesterday

    • Read more on:
    • News

    Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

    05 August 1997
    Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

    THE House of Commons health committee chairman has called for a judicial inquiry into the cluster of cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) around Ashford, Kent.

    There have been six deaths in the area, the latest confirmed yesterday when it was announced that the wife of a farm-worker had died from CJD.

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    Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

    05 August 1997
    Call for inquiry into Kent CJD cluster

    DAVID HINCHCLIFFE, chairman of the Commons health committee, has called for a full judicial inquiry into alleged connections between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

    He is alarmed about a cluster in Kent where there have been six deaths from the new variant of CJD, which has been linked to eating infected beef.

    The Department of Health announced there were 21 deaths from the new strain confirmed last month. Of those 20 were dead and one was in a coma.

    The National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh confirmed five new cases over the three months to May. There had been no new cases the previous three months.

    The Royal Society quoted a variety of laboratory experiments supporting the case that the new CJD variant is the human manifestation of BSE.

    Mandy Minto, 27, of Grangetown, Sunderland, a former European judo champion, is believed to be the latest victim. A 15-year-old schoolgirl, Donna-Marie McGivern, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, may also have the strain.

  • Financial Times 05/08/97 page 7
  • The Times 05/08/97 page 6
  • The Guardian 05/08/97 page 8
  • The Independent 05/08/97 page 3
  • The Daily Telegraph 05/08/97 page 8

    • Read more on:
    • News
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