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Study says young die more of mad cow

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LONDON, Aug 09, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Scientists in Britain have found evidence suggesting that young people may be more susceptible to Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The BBC reported Monday that 142 people are believed to have died from vCJD since it first emerged in the United Kingdom nine years ago, but that a disproportionate number of those who died were of young age.

British researchers used United Kingdom population figures to estimated how many people in each age group were exposed to BSE infected meat, known as mad cow disease.

The computer model suggested that 48 percent of those with vCJD should be over the age of 40, however, only 10 percent of people affected by the disease are over the age of 40.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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