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Sunday, January 04, 2004
FINAL REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE NORTH LEICESTERSHIRE
CLUSTER OF VARIANT CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB
...7.2.5 WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL
INVESTIGATION INCLUDING THE HISTORIC MEAT SUPPLY CHAIN
IN THE CLUSTER AREA?
Drinking water is an unlikely explanation for this cluster of cases of vCJD
because several water quality supply zones supplied the addresses at which
those affected had lived. The reservoirs serving these supply zones are those
that supply water to most of the population of Leicestershire.
It had been suggested that high levels of Manganese in the soil might have
been responsible for cattle in the area developing BSE. We obtained data
from the British Geological survey which shows that Manganese levels in the
area are not high.