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More inquests over vCJD cases
Inquests are to be held into the deaths of four people from the human form of mad cow disease.

A five-strong group, who died in Leicestershire from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), became known as the "Queniborough cluster".

In 2003, a verdict of misadventure was recorded in the case of Pamela Bayless from Glenfield.

Now further hearings will be held by coroner Trevor Kickman for the remaining four cases.

The cluster first emerged five years ago and attracted worldwide attention.

A report, carried out by the then Leicestershire Health Authority, concluded it may have been transmitted by butchery techniques.

Miss Bayless, 24, was the first of five people connected with the village of Queniborough to die from vCJD.

Her inquest was told those who developed the disease were likely to have bought meat from butchers where it could have been contaminated with BSE.

BSE contamination

The inquest was held at Leicester Town Hall after a campaign for a hearing by Miss Bayless's father, Arthur.

Dr Philip Monk, a consultant in communicable disease control based in Leicester, said he interviewed the families of all the people who had contracted vCJD who were linked to the village of Queniborough.

He told the coroner those people who had vCJD were more likely to have purchased meat from butchers where it could have been contaminated with BSE.

He said: "People who developed CJD were 15 times more likely to have been exposed to that meat than people who had not."




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