29 February 2000
Tests ease BSE baby fears

INITIAL tests on a baby born to a woman suffering from the human form of BSE appear to indicate that the child may not have contracted the disease, reports the PA news agency.

The baby girl, who has been ill since birth last autumn, is being treated in a Midlands hospital with her mother.

The mother has been confirmed as suffering from new variant Creutzfeld Jakob Disease (nvCJD) and tests started to see whether she passed the disease to her baby.

It had been widely thought the only way humans caught nvCJD was through eating BSE-infected beef.

Government statistics recorded 48 definite and probable cases of nvCJD in the UK between 1985 and last year.