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Warning of bigger CJD risk.

MANY more people may be at risk of contracting vCJD than thought, say scientists.

A long incubation period plus an ability to pass it on through blood transfusions and surgical instruments could create a "significant public health issue".

The team at the National CJD Surveillance Unit and the Institute for Animal Health in Edinburgh say it could lie in the body for years without any symptoms.

A "significant level" may already be present in the population without people knowing they have it.

The study, published on The Lancet Neurology website, said that means there is a risk that "all individuals ... could be susceptible to secondary transmission through routes such as blood transfusion."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2006
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