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Unformatted text preview: every one of those deaths was tragic and unnecessary, they must be viewed in a larger perspective. Roughly the same number of people die every day in the United
States from automobile accidents — and yet we do not live in fear of cars. At the moment there is no cure for vCJD, and it is impossible to
predict how many people will get the disease by eating tainted meat. A great deal of scientific uncertainty still surrounds various attributes of
the pathogen, such as the degree of infectivity among humans and the size of an infectious dose. About 800,000 cattle with mad cow disease
were unwittingly eaten by people in Great Britain. One crucial determinant of the eventual death toll is the average incubation period for
vCJD. That statistic is currently unknown. If it takes about ten years for most infected people to develop the disease, then we are now in the
middle of the epidemic, and perhaps a thousand or so will die. If the average incubation period is twenty, thirty, or forty years — as the
latest science suggests...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08