News & Perspective

Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Saudi man has third vCJD case found in US

(CIDRAP News) – A third case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, but health officials believe he contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

Jul 11, 2006

Jul 11, 2006

Blood test for silent phase of prion disease reported

(CIDRAP News) – A blood test detected prions in animals during the asymptomatic phase of infection with scrapie, a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), according to a study in the Jul 7 issue of Science.

Jun 29, 2006

Jun 29, 2006

Kuru study implies risk of waves of vCJD cases

(CIDRAP News) – Current estimates of how many people could die of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD) may be too low, because the disorder may have a prolonged incubation time in some people, according to a study of a related disease published in the Jun 24 issue of The Lancet.

Jun 12, 2006

Jun 12, 2006

Study implies broader risk for vCJD in UK

June 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More people in Britain may be at risk for contracting variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) than previously thought, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Mar 23, 2006

Mar 23, 2006

Global BSE cases declining fast, FAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Worldwide cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, have declined about 50% per year over the last three years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.