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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Increase in CJD Cases

LONDON -- British scientists said Friday that reported cases of the human form of mad cow disease had increased by an average of 23 percent a year from 1994 until 2000.

A total of 75 cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a brain-wasting disease, had been identified up to June 30.

"The absolute number of cases in the U.K. is still low, but such an increase should be a matter of concern," said the scientists, including Robert Will, head of the government's CJD surveillance unit, in The Lancet medical journal.