13 Possibly Exposed to Fatal Brain Disease in New Hampshire Hospital
According to FOX News, up to 13 patients may have been exposed to the rare and fatal brain disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
Patients Possible Exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
- New Hampshire state health officials state that up to 13 patients may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) due to potentially contaminated surgical equipment.
- A man treated at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire is believed to have died from CJD.
- The man received neurosurgery treatment at the hospital in May and died in August.
- An autopsy is being conducted at the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, but results are not expected for up to another four weeks.
- All patients at risk have been notified.
About Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, fatal brain disease that affects the nervous system.
- According to the news report, approximately one out of every million people worldwide is infected with CJD with 200 new cases diagnosed each year.
- Early symptoms of the disease included:
- Personality Changes
- Failing Memory
- Lack of Coordination
- Later symptoms:
- Jerky Movement
- Weak Arms and Legs
- A positive diagnosis of the disease can only be confirmed through autopsy.
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