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vCJD (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease)

Preventing vCJD

Notice to readers: The information below was published in Health Information for International Travel: 2005-2006. The case information and other statistics may have changed since the date of publication.

To reduce any risk of acquiring vCJD from food, travelers to Europe or other areas with indigenous cases of BSE may consider either avoiding beef and beef products altogether or selecting beef or beef products, such as solid pieces of muscle meat (rather than brains or beef products like burgers and sausages), that might have a reduced opportunity for contamination with tissues that may harbor the BSE agent. Milk and milk products from cows are not believed to pose any risk for transmitting the BSE agent.

The best way of preventing vCJD is to prevent BSE. See Preventing BSE on the BSE web site.

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Date: August 23, 2010
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)
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