15 August 1997
Young at most risk from CJD

YOUNG peoples propensity to eat burgers, meat pies and kebabs may put them at higher risk of catching Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), according to figures from professor Nicholas Day and colleagues at the University of Cambridge.

Three times as many 16-24 year olds ate these foods as 50-64 year olds when infected beef was in the food chain.

They say most of the confirmed victims of the new CJD variant are young people.

  • The Guardian 15/08/97 page 5
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