More New nvCJD Cases
In UK Children
From Patricia Doyle, PhD <>
Hello Jeff,
This is not good at all. Seems to be a new trend now, children coming down with nvCJD.
Maybe the previous reports about school lunches and baby food is true.
From ProMED-mail < Eurosurveillance Weekly - Issue 41, 12 Oct 2000 [edited]
Incidence of [New] Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Children in the UK ----------------
The identification of 3 childhood cases of [new] variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United Kingdom was reported in the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit's annual report, recently summarised in Eurosurveillance Weekly (Handysides S. Active surveillance of rare and serious diseases in children. Eurosurveillance Weekly 2000; 4: 000928
Full details of the study, in which paediatricians throughout the UK report all cases of progressive intellectual and neurological deterioration (PIND) in children to investigators who follow them up, have now been published in the Lancet (Verity CM, Nicoll A, Will RG, Devereux G, Stellitano L. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in UK children: a national surveillance study. Lancet 2000; 356: 1224-7). The active surveillance scheme is intended to ensure that all cases of childhood vCJD are ascertained, and the authors are reassured that only 3 cases out of 655 discussed have vCJD.
Nevertheless, they note that the 3 cases were all reported in the most recent of the 3 years of surveillance, and express concern that further childhood cases may appear.
(Reported by Stuart Handysides <, PHLS Communicabe Disease Surveillance Centre)
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