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Table 4 Types of Evidence Reported by Newspapers

From: The reporting of theoretical health risks by the media: Canadian newspaper reporting of potential blood transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Type of Evidence # of articles (% of total) Supporting potential CJD Transmission by blood Against potential CJD Transmission by blood or unsure
General Statement of Risk 212 (87) 64 148
Expert Opinion* 47 (19) 9 40
Basic Science/Animal Study 11 (4) 10 1
Case Report 12 (5) 12 0
Epidemiological Study 5 (2) 0 5
  1. *Two articles reported expert opinion both for and unsure/against transmission