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10.3 Proposal that the 'New Variant CJD' is actually a strain of Kuru



The idea that the new human spongiform disease was a 'new variant of CJD' was rejected in BSE: The Facts and the controversy was widely reported in the press at the time. Symptomatic comparison seemed to associate the new human diseases more closely with kuru, of Papua New Guinea. At the time the proposal was discounted by the authorities, but it has been announced in April, 1997 that research by the MRC Prion Unit is now going to embrace studies in Papua New Guinea to see what correlations might, after all, exist. Here, a submission to the Lancet from mid-1996 is released for the first time:

17 May 1996

Unpublished letter to the editor, The Lancet