To the people of Britain threatens this "plague", which provoked the disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. It damages the brain cortex and spinal cord. Experts have established that this disease has infected about thirty thousand Britons. Encouraging is the fact that the disease takes them until the inactive form. The infection happened during blood transfusion.
The blood of carriers of disease Creutzfeldt - Jakob for unknown reasons, was placed in overall blood banks. From this disease have died 176 the British. However, due to the fact that foci of infection to resolve at the present time completely failed, the number of victims with lethal outcome may increase five-fold.
Ex-health Minister of Britain Frank Dobson advocates officials to create a Federal screening program to get rid of the impending disaster extinction of the nation.
It should be noted that with the exact same problem the British faced in 1989. Then the cause of the infection was beef. To the epidemic has not grown up "universal" scale, British officials decided to destroy all the livestock. Despite the measures taken, "passive form" of the disease of Creutzfeldt-Jakob each of the two thousandth resident of Britain. Vectors, suspecting nothing about it, spread the harmful proteins, called prions, which are the causes of the disease.
To predict who may become infected with prions, experts yet.