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CJD is a fatal brain disease first classified in the 1920s. In 1996, doctors reported a variant of the disease, vCJD. Research since suggests that vCJD is the result of exposure to the agent that causes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. This section contains guidance on CJD in general, investigations into vCJD and the possible CJD link, and information about the work of the Department of Health's CJD policy unit.

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Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) (opens new window)

Provides independent expert scientific advice to the Government on spongiform encephalopathies such as BSE, CJD and scrapie. SEAC's remit is wide-ranging, and covers public health, food safety and animal health issues.

Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (opens new window)

Advises the Health and Safety Commission, the HSE, ministers and their counterparts under dvolution on all aspects of hazards and rsisk to workers and others from exposure to pathogens.

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