BSE can cross to humans

17 July 1997

BSE can cross to humans

BSE can be transmitted to

Research at the Institute for Animal Health in Newbury, Berkshire,
shows that infectious proteins, or prions, from contaminated beef, can
transmit to human tissue to trigger brain infections.

The researchers admit there are other factors that might figure in
any transmission. James Hope, who led the research, said: We have shown
there is a molecular barrier between cows and humans, but its not
an absolute barrier. Its just a question of efficiency. The research
has also confirmed that scrapie, which affects sheep, can be transmitted
to human beings.

  • The Times 17/07/97 page 2
  • The Independent 17/07/97 page 2
  • The Daily Telegraph 17/07/97 page 8

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