1996 - Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
21 March 1996
Disease Outbreak Reported
The UK has analyzed cases of CJD that have occurred in 10 adults below 42 years of age during the past year. The disease in these cases differs from classical CJD in several respects:
No similar pattern of disease has been recognized in humans in any other country although BSE has also occurred in animals in Ireland, France, Portugal, and Switzerland. Precautions have been taken in these countries to avoid any possible risk to people from beef consumption.
WHO recommends that national health authorities be notified if any unusual occurrence of CJD is recognized in any other country.