So far, eight Britons have died of the disease, compared to 10 in total last year, and three in 1995. But the course of the disease, which can take more than a decade to show symptoms after the victim is infected, means that it is still too early to use this data to determine whether any full-scale epidemic of v-CJD among the UK population is on the way. Scientists last month demonstrated that the time between infection and symptoms depends strongly on genetic makeup.
Because of time lags caused by the collection and confirmation of disease details, the figures do not include Chris Warne, of Ripley, Derbyshire, who was thought to have died of v-CJD last month.
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