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13 Possibly Exposed to Fatal Brain Disease in New Hampshire Hospital

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

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
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Lack of Coordination
  • Later symptoms:

    • Blindness
    • Jerky Movement
    • Weak Arms and Legs
    • Coma
  • A positive diagnosis of the disease can only be confirmed through autopsy.
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