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There have been 162 deaths from nvCJD in the last 15 years
Mr Robinson added: "There are many commentators who believe that the OTM cull has always been an over the top exercise which despite swallowing over pounds 3bn in taxpayers' money since March 1996, may never have provided additional public protection against nvCJD.
In the United Kingdom, disease trackers have documented 92 confirmed deaths from nvCJD and 23 probable cases since 1990, according to the Web site of the UK Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit.
VICTIM: Kirsty Garven died from nvCJD STIGMATISED: Alex and Jennifer Garven with daughter Rachel
While nvCJD patients usually deteriorate as time goes by, the girl has recovered considerably since then with no convulsions seen, according to Sato and the ministry.
For more detailed information on BSE and the particulars of nvCJD, log on to www.BSEinfo.org.
''I would say there would be very low possibility of her suffering from any type of CJD, including nvCJD,'' Sato, who diagnosed the girl Wednesday, added.
However, according to Dr George Venters, writing in the British Medical Journal, the link between BSE and nvCJD is, at best, "open to question".
The genotype at this codon is important for the clinicopathologic classification of sporadic CJD, and it also defines risk populations for nvCJD. The method we present here permits in a rapid and accurate way, large population studies.
Japan announced on Monday it had detected its first suspected case of mad cow disease, linked to a new variant of the deadly human disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (nvCJD).
Animals over five years old -- some of which carry the prions which cause BSE in cattle and alleged nCJD (formerly known as nvCJD) in humans -- have been buried, which may lead to contamination of the water supplies.
The term "vCJD" refers to variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (sometimes also called "new variant CJD" or "nvCJD"), a form of the disease that scientists have shown is caused by exposure to mad cow disease.
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