16 May 2011

Deadly vCJD may have a link to tooth decay

Deadly vCJD may have a link to tooth decay
by Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail
May 16 2011
A GROUP of Welsh experts believe cases of the human form of mad cow disease could be linked to simple tooth decay.
They have put forward an hypothesis, which suggests tooth decay may be the way in which people became infected with the incurable disease as a result of eating contaminated meat during the 1980s.
Dr Roland Salmon, one of the Public Health Wales professionals involved in developing the idea, said the hypothesis also helps to explain why there have been relatively few cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)...

“One particularly interesting thing is that the area with the lowest numbers of filled teeth and the lowest incidence of vCJD is the West Midlands, which is also the region with the highest levels of water fluoridation.”

I thought unfluoridated Kent had the lowest dental decay and have they considered it might be because the West Midlands has many immigrants on a different diet?

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