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A variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has had major impact in Europe during the last decade. In this article, we review the aetiology of vCJD and its relation with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Further, treatment of the disease, the strategies focusing on prevention of transmission, future prospects, and the limitations encountered in epidemiological research of vCJD are discussed.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eur J Epidemiol

Publication Date

2003

Volume

18

Pages

473 - 477

Keywords

Animals, Cattle, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome, Encephalopathy, Bovine Spongiform, Europe, Humans