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CJD probe for village abattoirs.

AN investigation into a cluster of CJD cases centred on a Midlands village is now focusing on local abattoirs and their slaughtering practices.

Scientists investigating three deaths from variant CJD of people who had links with Queniborough, Leicestershire, are working to pinpoint the source of infected meat the victims may have eaten up to 20 years ago.

Dr Philip Monk, consultant in communicable diseases at Leicestershire Health Authority, said: 'We have been looking to see what patterns of slaughtering took place in this area, and where meat from these slaughterers entered the food chain.

'We have to look at all the slaughterers in this area, which historically is rich in small abattoirs.'

Dr Monk added: 'There are seven independent slaughterers, plus three big slaughterers in the city of Leicester, which is only five miles away.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2000
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