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Volume 5, Number 2—April 1999

Perspective

International Editors:Emerging Infectious Diseases—United Kingdom

Diana Walford and Norman Noah
Author affiliations: Public Health Laboratory Service, London, United Kingdom

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Deaths of definite and probable U.K. cases due to spongiform encephalopathy referred to the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unita, 1995-1998b

Deaths of definite and probable cases
Year Referrals Sporadic Iatrogenic Familial GSSc nv-CJDc Total
1995 87 35 4 2 3 3 47
1996 134 41 4 2 4 10 61
1997 161 58 6 4 1 10 79
1998 150 39 3 2 0 12 56

aData source: National CJD Surveillance Unit (set up in May 1990 by the Department of Health and the Scottish Office Home and Health Department).
bTo Dec. 31, 1998 (provisional); total number of definite and probable cases of nvCJD=35.
cGSS, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome; nvCJD, new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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