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  1. Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United Kingdom : analysis of epidemiological surveillance data for 1970-96. Commentary.

    Article - En anglais


    To identify changes in the occurrence of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease that might be related to the epidemic of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.


    Epidemiological surveillance of the United Kingdom population for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on (a) referral of suspected cases by neurologists, neuropathologists, and neurophysiologists and (b) death certificates.


    England and Wales during 1970-84, and whole of the United Kingdom during 1985-96.


    All 662 patients identified as sporadic cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

    Main outcome measures 

    Age distribution of patients, age specific time trends of disease, occupational exposure to cattle, potential exposure to causative agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.


    During 1970-96 there was an increase in the number of sporadic cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease recorded yearly in England and Wales.

    The greatest increase was among people aged over 70.

    There was a statistically significant excess of cases among dairy farm workers and their spouses and among people at increased risk of contact with live cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

    During 1994-6 there were six deaths from sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United Kingdom in patients aged under 30.


    The increase in the incidence of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and the high'incidence in dairy farmers in the United Kingdom may be unrelated to bovine spongiform encephalopathy. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Encéphalopathie spongiforme Creutzfeldt Jakob, Infection, Epidémiologie, Surveillance, Facteur risque, Incidence, Evaluation, Royaume Uni, Europe, Homme, Prion, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative, Organisation santé

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, Infection, Epidemiology, Surveillance, Risk factor, Incidence, Evaluation, United Kingdom, Europe, Human, Prion, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease, Public health organization

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0429449

    Code Inist : 002B17G. Création : 19/12/1997.