If the British measures prove inadequate, any human epidemic will last many years longer than it might have done, unless parents stop feeding beef to their children. Along with many other doctors, I believe this is a prudent option until the statistical risks are much better known.
Like Peter Robb, I am disappointed that the serious media in Britain has been deflected from paying attention to long-term health risks. Government and media have promoted a peculiar view of "science" which has blurred the distinction between facts and interpretations, and excluded any intelligent debate about how to manage uncertainty. I am puzzled that the doctors' professional organisations have not yet challenged this. Perhaps I have missed something, but where are the voices of the BMA, our royal colleges, or the British Paediatric Association?
Who will now speak for teenagers and young people?
Dr John Launer
Tavistock Clinic, London NW3Reuse content