AUSTRALIA: BSE still a threat in Australia
Experts yesterday [Wednesday] warned that BSE and/or its human form, the brain-wasting disease Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) is still likely to strike Australia - and the country had best be prepared. There have been no cases reported of either disease in Australia. However, according to an article in The Age, the head of the Australian Government's advisory committee on BSE, Graeme Ryan, said that Australian residents who have travelled to Europe, or indeed European citizens who are currently living in Australia, could well have picked up vCJD and be incubating the disease, which usually takes at least five years.
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