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The group reports evidence that ancient Egyptians suffered from schistosomiasis, a disease that afflicts up to 300 million people around the globe.
Although CJD afflicts just 1 in 1 million people worldwide each year, the new cases have touched off a panic in Europe, prompting a widespread ban on imports of British beef and the decision to slaughter 11 million apparently healthy cattle in the United Kingdom.
Since then, the researchers have shown that NSP4 afflicts mice in much the same way that rotavirus afflicts mice-and humans.