nv (new variant) CJD is:

"A previously unrecognised and consistent disease pattern"
"Although there is no direct evidence of a link, on current data and in the absence of any credible alternative the most likely explanation at present is that these cases are linked to exposure to BSE".
UK Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) 1996.
"In the past few weeks we believe we may have identified a new clinico-pathological phenotype of CJD which may be unique to the United Kingdom. This raises the possibility of a causative link between BSE and CJD".
Dr Robert Will of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit, in a letter to all the neurologists in the UK, On 21st March 1996.

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© AJC 1997.